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Student Programme

Aimed at
Final year law students

Traineeship period
Two years

The structure
During the two-year traineeship period you will work in one practice area. Currently there is no formal rotation system for students. Please indicate what practice area you are interested in when applying for the Programme.

Practice areas

  • Corporate and M&A
  • Banking and Finance 
  • Real Estate and Construction 
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Tax Law 
  • Capital Markets

The training programme also includes:

  • Clifford Chance Academy – the unique professional development system
  • Legal training
  • Legal English lessons

All new joiners undergo an induction programme, including an introduction to our systems, and presentations from our department heads. You will be allocated one of our lawyers, who will act as your mentor and be responsible for your performance and overall professional development.


In order to apply for this opportunity, you should have an outstanding academic record and an excellent command of English (both written and spoken). You should also have an interest in commercial, financial or real estate law. You should be a team player who is not afraid to work hard.

Application process

  • Stage 1 – Apply by sending us the following documents at email address MOSCVs@CliffordChance.com:
    • Cover letter in English
    • CV in English
    • Thesis summary in English
    • Copy of your record book or a copy of your diploma (including Diploma Supplement)
  • Stage 2 – Written Test in English and Russian taken at our office
  • Stage 3 – Interview primarily in Russian and a practical part consisting of a case study
  • Stage 4 – Following the successful results from the tests and first interview, we will invite you for a second interview with our senior lawyers and/or partners. The interview will be in English.
  • Stage 5 – We will do our best to contact you as soon as possible with our final decision.

Our people

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