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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 have designed the Training Contract to give you the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser. You will have a number of rotations which will give you the opportunity to explore our business – working in our practice areas, with the opportunity to also undertake client and international secondments. We aim to offer you the flexibility to drive your Training Contract forward in a way that best suits you.

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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 advisors on a full range of subjects.

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SQE

Helen Martin, our Graduate Development Manager, talks to Morette Jackson, Director of Business Development at The University of Law, about our new and exciting SQE plans outlining what you can expect from the new programme.

LLM Legal Practice (SQE 1&2)

We are proud of our partnership with the University of Law to deliver our bespoke, innovative and dynamic new SQE programme.

It has been designed to not only rigorously prepare you for the academic aspects of the SQE but you can be confident that you will emerge with the fundamental skills and technical excellence required to meet the challenges of working as a lawyer at Clifford Chance. 

In addition to receiving intensive SQE 1&2 exam prep, you will also participate in the Clifford Chance Plus programme, which is a bespoke experience designed by our lawyers in collaboration with the University of Law.

Through our unique and innovative approach, you will have access to world-class resources that have been expertly designed to ensure you are exclusively prepared for the exciting journey that lies ahead. 

We have implemented innovative learning technology and predictive analytics, placing diversity and inclusion at the heart of the programme 

This will enable us to provide each individual with the most comprehensive support available.

We remain committed to ensuring you are working with the very best course providers to guarantee first-class training.

Through our collaboration with the University of Law, we are confident that we are going to deliver exactly that.

As well as covering your course fees, we will provide you with £10,000 in maintenance.

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 Legal Practice.

2024 Training Contract Opportunities

Our 2024 Training Contract is open for individuals who are able to start in 2024, typically penultimate year law and final year non-law students.

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2023 Training Contract Opportunities

In order to apply for our 2023 Training Contract you need to be eligible to start in 2023.

Should you still need to complete the LLM CLP (our LPC equivalent) you will join our accelerated programme in either July 2022 or January 2023 prior to the commencement of your Training Contract.

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Deadlines

Applications open: 6 August 2021
Applications close for 2023 Training Contracts: 25 November 2021
Applications close for 2024 Training Contracts: 9 December 2021
Assessment dates: w/c 17 and 24 January 2022
Selection process: One interview including a written case study element. You will have the option to interview in-person or remotely. This will be dependant on Covid regulations and our office policies relating to this, at the time. 

We don't, 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 Live and On Demand pages? Here you'll find opportunities to equip you with the skills, knowledge and networks to succeed no matter where you are on your journey.

 

Salary and benefits

First-year trainee: £50,000
Second-year trainee: £55,000
Newly qualified lawyer: £100,000

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.

Middle East Careers