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Find out more about who we are through our conferences

This year we're excited to host four in-person conferences in our London office, each designed with a particular audience in mind.

We've partnered with a variety of organisations, speakers, and internal Clifford Chance teams to help you learn more about life at Clifford Chance ahead of applying to either SPARK or our Training Contract.

We recognise there's only so much you can find out about the realities of the work and role from a website. 

We've specially curated our conferences to give you a more in depth and well-rounded insight into our firm. Each conference explores a different aspect of our business from the varied perspectives of people across the firm and beyond.

We encourage you to take a look and make the most of these invaluable sessions in preparation for any applications you are planning to make to the firm. 

Our conferences are key pipeline events for our Training Contract and SPARK, so if you are offered a place to join us for the day you are definitely on the right track! With this in mind we require you to complete and pass the Watson Glaser test as part of your conference application.

You'll only be able to take the test once this recruitment cycle so we recommend you take the necessary time to practice as this may impact your SPARK or Training Contract application. If you pass the test you will not need to complete it again this recruitment cycle.

The content of our conferences has been carefully constructed to offer unique insights into our work and culture at Clifford Chance and we look forward to sharing this with you.

Black in Law

There is no doubt that it is the richness of our diversity that drives our success and makes us who we are as a global firm. For this to continue, it's important that we understand what success looks like for our lawyers and how we continue to build an inclusive environment that allows people to progress.

We're proud to launch Black in Law, a new one-day conference for students and graduates of Black Heritage who are interested in a career in law and are keen to hear from directly from Black leaders.

In addition to skills sessions and interactive workshops designed to support you in our wider recruitment process, we will discuss the lived experiences of Black trainees and lawyers at Clifford Chance and provide insights on navigating the workplace and succeeding within the industry.

Date: Monday 23rd October 2023
Time: 10am-3.30pm
Location: Clifford Chance London, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ

Applications now closed.


ADAPT is a conference exclusively for students interested in Legal Tech and how technology is directly impacting how we deliver legal services, both now and in the future. Through a varied line-up of sessions, you'll discover how we innovatively collaborate with clients to deliver better outcomes on legal matters through. There'll also be discussion on how technology is changing the law.

As well as learning more about what you can expect from your legal career at Clifford Chance, ADAPT presents an excellent opportunity to learn more about the firm's Tech Group - an integrated, multidisciplinary team of over 600 tech-savvy lawyers located around the world delivering holistic, joined up, expert legal advice to both tech and non-tech clients on their most exciting, complex, and transformational tech-related matters.

If you are from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background, this would be an excellent event for you to see first-hand how your skills and experiences can complement a career in law.

Date: Tuesday 14th November 2023
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Clifford Chance London, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ

Applications now closed.


Clifford Chance is excited to host ELEVATE, our brand-new conference aimed at aspiring lawyers from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The conference aims to broaden access to the legal profession and open the doors to Clifford Chance to those who might have otherwise not known where to start. We'll provide practical tips to build confidence, offer advice for navigating the SPARK and Training Contract application process, and share inspiring stories from Clifford Chance role models from a variety of backgrounds. You'll also get a chance to network with like-minded individuals and firm representatives, including members of our internal social mobility action group (RISE), the Early Talent team, and lawyers from across the firm who all share a passion for social mobility.

From panel sessions to interactive workshops, we hope you'll leave inspired and equipped for success. Please apply if this sounds like it could help you on your journey into commercial law.

Date: Thursday 16th November 2023
Time: 9am-3.30pm
Location: Clifford Chance London, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ

Applications now closed.


We're proud to have been ranked number one in this year's Stonewall top 100 Employers list that celebrates exceptional employers who are committed to supporting their LGBTQ+ employees and championing LGBTQ+ equality across the UK. ACCEPT is just one way that we demonstrate this commitment.

At ACCEPT you will hear from senior role models and inspirational activists within the LGBTQ+ community. As a LGBTQ+ student and aspiring lawyer, you may be wondering what it's like to be LGBTQ+ in the city and how you can bring your authentic self to work each day. During the conference you will gain exposure to our business, receive practical tips to build your confidence, meet exceptional LGBTQ+ professionals, and hear from the Early Talent team on how to approach the application process. We will be offering a thought-provoking and uplifting agenda which will include panel discussions, exciting guest speakers, and the opportunity to meet other like-minded LGBTQ+ students, trainees, and lawyers.

"National Student Pride has been privileged to partner with Clifford Chance on the ACCEPT conference since its inception. We have been thrilled to partner on a number of discussion panels featuring incredible speakers and activists. Wellbeing, education and opportunity are key elements of our ethos, all of which the team at Clifford Chance have fully integrated into this programme." - Ollie-James Parr, Festival Director, National Student Pride (he/him)

Date: Wednesday 15th November 2023
Time: 9am-5.30pm
Location: Clifford Chance London, 10 Upper Bank Street, E14 5JJ

Applications now closed.

Learn more about ACCEPT from past attendees whose journey to joining us started with this event and also from our colleagues who are directly involved in making it what it is.


ACCEPT is a global event with our offices in APAC hosting regional ACCEPT conferences at their offices. 

If you happen to be in any of these regions and wish to find out more, please feel to reach out via the contact details for each of the offices involved below:

Hong Kong