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Preparation is key. We want to provide you with the support and guidance you need to convey your best self to us.

Our complete application process

The application process is designed to help us to identify the very best talent. Here Yasmina runs through what each initiative will require from you and gives you some helpful advice on what to think about in preparation.  

Online application form

The application process shouldn't be taken lightly. It's a chance for you to show what you can offer Clifford Chance. It's also an opportunity to work out if we are the right place for you.

It's important to present yourself in the best light possible, so make sure to prepare. Put thought into your answers. Our application process is rigorous and with good reason. We've designed it to be as fair as possible without compromising on standards.

The application form is your chance to shine so think about how you can differentiate yourself from the thousands of other applicants. Include only the very best examples to illustrate your answers and make every word count.

We're looking for people who are genuinely interested and motivated by a career in commercial law. You need to give us clear evidence of why you've chosen to apply to Clifford Chance and what skills you have that would make you a great lawyer. We receive a lot of strong applications but this is often undone by a lack of research and passion.

Pay attention to detail. This is a key skill for a lawyer and we'll reject applications that are unclear or contain numerous spelling and grammatical errors. Double check your answers for errors and clarity and try to show your motivation for becoming a lawyer.


We require full details of your degree, including module scores for all years of study, even if they don't count towards your overall degree classification. If we ask you for further information, you'll need to return it to us within 24 hours of our request. Any delay will hold up your application.

We'll take any mitigating circumstances relating to your academic record into consideration only if they've been submitted and approved by your exam board or relevant body. Please give full details in the relevant section at the end of the application form. We'll ask for proof in writing from your exam board and verification by a third party such as your doctor or tutor. This information will usually need to be returned within 24 hours of our request.

Screening of the application forms is handled with great professionalism and we consider each and every application carefully.

Please note, we cannot accept multiple applications to SPARK, the summer vacation scheme and the training contract(s). You can only apply to one of these initiatives at one time. Please contact us on 02070064005 if you have any questions.

Watson Glaser test

When you have submitted your application for all opportunities other than Open Days, you will be asked to complete the Watson Glaser test. Watson Glaser has been used by businesses and in education since 1925 and is a particularly effective way of recruiting lawyers.

The questions will focus on your ability to draw inferences, recognise assumptions, make deductions, interpret information and evaluate arguments. These are essential to legal thinking and it's important that you hone your skills as this is the first step of the assessment process. The test lasts 30 minutes and involves 40 questions that assess your critical thinking.

The skills it measures include:


  • Defining a problem
  • Selecting relevant information to solve a problem
  • Recognising stated and unstated assumptions
  • Formulating and selecting relevant and promising hypotheses
  • Drawing valid conclusions and judging the validity of inferences

If you have successfully completed the test before for a previous application you will not be asked to complete it again if you are submitting a new application. If you are unsuccessful in the test, then your online application will not be screened and that will be the end of your application for this cycle. 

Please bear in mind that if you apply too close to the deadline, this will mean that you are given less time to complete the test. 

Watson Glaser practice test

Before you take the Watson Glaser test, it's a good idea to practise as much as you can so you are familiar with the format and the type of thinking involved.

You can click below to practise as many times as you need. Your practice attempts do not form part of the assessment and Clifford Chance will not see the results. As well as the practice test, there are lots of other online resources that you may wish to use. Some of them are free, but some require payment. Click here for additional resources.

The Watson Glaser test is not required for applications to attend an Open Day.

Try a test

Assessment days

On the day you'll be assessed by a committed team of partners and associates, who don't see your application form before they conduct the interviews.

This challenging and stimulating day involves two interviews. Here, Laura gives an overview of what to expect on the day.

What happens next?

We will always endeavour to let you know the outcome as quickly as possible, sometimes within 24 hours, although it can depend on when you're applying.

If successful at securing a training contract offer, you'll receive a pack. This includes your offer letter and all the information you'll need to help make your decision. 

Keeping in touch

Your integration into Clifford Chance starts as soon as you accept our offer. We'll put you in touch with a ‘buddy'. This will be a current trainee - they'll give you advice, answer your questions and take you out to lunch.

Your start date may seem a long way off, but we'll keep you up to date with developments at the firm. We'll also invite you to lectures, partner presentations and social events so you can start to develop a useful professional network. It's all part of the process to help you feel part of the firm as you approach the start of your Training Contract.