Where ambitious
minds meet


Wherever possible, 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. Your four rotations will include seats in our core areas of Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets, plus one other.

In addition to this, there are client secondments, international secondments and split-seat opportunities along the way. This ensures 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. 

From the moment you start your training contract, you'll have immense direct and indirect support.

Training and support

When you start each seat, you'll have in-depth training in that sector. This will bring you up to speed with the issues and challenges you're likely to face. You'll also have a dedicated supervisor in each seat and have regular meetings with the Graduate Development Team.

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 and your Monitoring Partner will all be available to act as mentors and advisers on a full range of subjects.

SQE Update

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




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


Applications open: 01 August 2018
Applications close: Midnight GMT, 16 December 2018
Assessment dates: Week commencing 28 Jan 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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Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)

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 Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), which will introduce you to the legal world and its major practice areas. Following this you will then undertake the LLM Commercial Legal Practice course.

LLM Commercial Legal Practice Course (LLM CLP)

The new LLM CLP will replace 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: £46,600
Second year trainee: £52,500
Newly-qualified lawyer: up to £91,000 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)

*includes binary bonus

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 Training Contract and Summer Vacation Scheme

We offer Training Contracts and Summer Vacation Schemes 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.

Middle East Careers