Where ambitious
minds meet

London Graduates

Clifford Chance offers an outstanding opportunity to
start, grow and develop as a world-class lawyer.

We know there are many of you that have started preparing for the process even before you have gone to university, which is why we've invested in our award-winning SPARK scheme, which allows students to secure their Training Contract as early as the end of their first year.

Before applying for a Training Contract, there are many ways to get exposure to our firm and culture. With our commitment to democratising access to information and skills development, there's an offering for everyone.

Training Contract

The Training Contract puts theory into practice. It's when you move from learning about the law to actually doing it. You'll transform from a talented beginner into a professional lawyer. We appreciate that investing in making a quality application takes a lot of your time and energy. The landscape within which you are making your application has never been more competitive. Take the time to do your research, engage with our opportunities and be confident that we are the right firm for you.

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Clifford Chance IGNITE

Our groundbreaking IGNITE Training Contract has all the same opportunities as our Training Contract, but with a unique emphasis on technology. You'll have the time to develop new skills. To reconsider what Tech can do for law. To redefine how Clifford Chance delivers the best results. And, at the end of two years, you'll be a confident lawyer who's ready to shape the future.



Our multi award-winning programme offers a unique opportunity for exceptional first year law students, second year students of four-year law degree or penultimate year non-law students, to gain an insider's view into what a career in law can look like. The five-day paid scheme is fast-paced, dynamic and packed full of exciting opportunities. It can also lead you straight to a Training Contract.

You'll benefit from an unparalleled introduction to the world of commercial law, undertaking real work and interacting with people at every level of our business.

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ACCESS, formerly known as PRIME, is our pioneering, two-year development programme open to year 12 students from state schools. It is designed to give you an introduction to law and provide you with the network and resources you need to start a fantastic career. 

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Global Virtual Internships

The challenges our clients need help with are complex and borderless. To face these challenges effectively, our approach also needs to be multijurisdictional and interdisciplinary. On our Global Virtual Internships, you will learn about the legal and commercial implications of risks relating to Climate Change, Cyber Security, Business & Human Rights and Sustainable Finance. You will practise advising clients on how to protect themselves and deal with these risks responsibly. To learn more about how we help clients with these challenges, visit our Boardroom Risk & Reputation and Thought Leadership sites.

Virtual internships

Ready, Set, Law

You might never have considered becoming a commercial lawyer before, or you might have thought about it but not really known what it is all about. That is where this internship comes in. Crafted by our own lawyers, this programme will introduce you to a range of topical legal issues and give you the opportunity to complete tasks that will allow you to put into practice what you have learnt. You will also be taken through basic trainee-type tasks so you can experience first-hand what the role will entail. You will come away feeling knowledgeable about what a career in law could look like and equipped with the confidence to take the next steps, should you decide this is the right path for you. This virtual work experience programme has been designed for 16-18 year olds but is open to all.

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Events Hub

We have grouped our events into a series structure, offering a mix of formats and providing access to global legal professionals.

Aside from our two in person conferences ACCEPT and INTERFACE, our Flagship Events are hybrid in nature, giving you the chance to meet us in person or to engage with the content virtually – no applications necessary!

Our Together We Are and Insight Series bring you in-depth views into our market-leading work and collaborative culture at Clifford Chance. Our Skills Sessions and Live Chats all have a specific theme and allow you to get close to the action and receive real time advice and responses.

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Talk to us

Do you have your own questions? Ask about experiences at Clifford Chance or see what has already been asked by other candidates. Direct your questions to our lawyers, trainees or Graduate Recruitment Team.

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