Where Tech
Meets Law


Tech-minded training contracts for people who want to push the law forward. Introducing IGNITE.

Clifford Chance IGNITE

Clifford Chance has launched IGNITE, a pioneering training contract which offers applicants with an aptitude for tech a route to qualify as lawyers. In this video, Jonathan Kewley, Midori Takenaka, Herbert Swaniker and Jenni Polson talk us through the new Clifford Chance IGNITE training contract.

The IGNITE Programme

You might have studied computer science. Or taught yourself to code in the evenings. Or be developing an app on the side of your law degree. The only thing you must have is an excitement for what the meeting of law and tech can spark.

Ignite is a training contract with a rare emphasis on tech. A new route that’ll take you into some of the world’s most innovative learning environments. No other leading law firm offers anything like it.

It’s still a Clifford Chance training contract. You’ll collaborate with and work alongside– and be supported by – the brightest legal minds. You’ll have access to an unusual depth and breadth of experience. With secondment opportunities and chances to tailor your development throughout. You’ll be a fully qualified lawyer after two years-and positioned to shape the future.

Beyond that, you’ll have the time and space to develop new skills and solutions. To reconsider what tech can do for law. To redesign and streamline the way we operate. And redefine how we deliver the best results for our clients.


Applications open: 01 August 2018
Applications close: Midnight GMT, 16 December 2018
Assessment dates: Week commencing 4 February 2019
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test, assessment day including a case study and two one-hour long interviews

We do not, it must be noted, recruit on a rolling basis, but look at all applications after the closing date. Before you apply, have you visited the Our People page? Head over to learn more about life at Clifford Chance or ask a question that might strengthen your application.

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Tech Academy

Our global Tech Academy is a technology focused element of the firm's central learning and development function, the Clifford Chance Academy, which is dedicated to the Technology space. The Tech Academy provides our people with online training and resources and a global programme of face to face workshops, ensuring we remain on top of the latest technology trends and issues our clients are facing.

To understand more about Clifford Chance's tech related work visit our Talking Tech site.

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STEM Lawyers

If you are from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics background you might have questions about whether a career in law is right for you. Hear from some of our STEM lawyers including future trainees about the exciting opportunities that they have experienced so far and what lies ahead for them. 


Interface is an exclusive event for students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees. This event will provide an opportunity to understand the ways in which a STEM degree can lay the foundations for a successful career as a lawyer. Through a series of interactive workshops, presentations and networking sessions, attendees can discover:

• The transferrable skills between STEM degrees and the law
• How to secure a training contract as a STEM student
• How technology is changing the law

Date: 29 November 2018
Time: 9am – 7pm
Applications close: 15 November 2018

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Our work

Hear from one of our Finance Partners, Jane Cheong, who talks about the growth of our Real Estate Finance practice as well as explaining what qualities she looks for in her trainees.

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How we hire

We have put together some advice on how best to convey your skills and strengths throughout the application process, including a practice version of the Watson Glaser test, which is the first step of the assessment process.

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