Where ambitious
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London Graduates

Your training will reflect your interests and ambitions. You'll learn from established experts, work on high-profile deals and take real responsibility.

The structure

We've designed the Training Contract to give you the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser. You'll have four six-month rotations which will give you the opportunity to explore our practice areas, our client and international secondments and our split-seat opportunities.

This ensures that you get the widest range of exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We aim to offer you the flexibility to drive your Training Contract forward in a way that best suits you.

SQE Update

We remain committed to providing all of our future trainees with access to exceptional training and as we learn more from the SRA about the new SQE requirements we will keep you updated with developments and how they will influence the shape of our offering.

We'll ensure that we work closely with the very best course providers to guarantee first-class training, and we'll continue to offer the most comprehensive financial support possible.

Training and support

When you start each seat, you'll have in-depth training in that practice area. This will bring you up to speed with the issues and challenges you're likely to face. You'll also have a supervisor in each seat and have regular meetings with your dedicated graduate development specialist.

The Clifford Chance Academy, a pioneering resource which develops innovative learning tools, will also provide you with fundamental support throughout your career.


Courses are taught by respected internal and external experts. There are even talks from clients to put your learning into context.

You'll also have a range of other people to turn to for support throughout your Training Contract. The Graduate Development Team, your supervisor, the legal support manager, resource manager and your monitoring partner will all be available to act as mentors and advisers on a full range of subjects.


Applications open: 3 August 2020
Applications close: 10 December 2020
Assessment dates:
w/c 8 February 2021
Selection process: One interview including a written case study element.

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 our Events Hub? Here you'll find opportunities to equip you with the skills, knowledge and networks to succeed no mater where you are on your journey. 


Postgraduate Law Conversion Course (PGDL)

We know that talented lawyers can come from any academic discipline. If you studied a subject other than Law at university but have decided that this is the career for you, you’ll need to take the PGDL, which will introduce you to the legal world and its major practice areas. We cover your course fees and give you £10,000 in maintenance. Following this, you will then undertake the LLM Commercial Legal Practice course.

LLM Commercial Legal Practice Course (LLM CLP)

The LLM CLP replaced the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and although it remains broadly similar, it is now a Masters qualifying course in both business and law. We cover your course fees and give you £10,000 in maintenance. Hear more about the support on offer during the six-month course.

Salary and benefits

First-year trainee: £48,000
Second-year trainee: £54,000
Newly qualified lawyer: up to £100,000 total compensation

You can also expect to enjoy a comprehensive benefits package – one that includes:

  • Free gym membership
  • Pension scheme
  • On-site healthcare
  • Private healthcare scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Dental plan
  • International secondments
  • Concierge services
  • Free meals (after a certain time)

Grow with us

We are committed to your professional development. Read more about our seat allocation process, training, structured professional development, and on-the-job learning opportunities at the firm.

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Middle East Opportunities

We have opportunities to join us in our Middle East offices. To find out more and to apply, visit the site below.

Please note that you cannot apply for both a Middle East and a London Training Contract in the same academic year.

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