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We believe in giving our lawyers a high level of exposure and responsibility from the very beginning

Our culture

"We really value the total package and that means the total person."
Sarah Posner, Head of Legal Recruiting, US

“I wasn't sure what to expect from this summer and I was admittedly nervous. That anxiety went away day one as we were greeted by the Firm’s incredible recruitment team, partners and associates who were all kind, supportive and welcoming. Clifford Chance has such a uniquely positive and friendly atmosphere that we all knew transcended borders, but has now carried through to the virtual world. I formed lasting relationships with my mentors and Zoom presenters, developed close friendships with my summer class, and got hands-on experience with a variety of practice groups— all from my living room.”

- Emily Schlaeger, Brooklyn Law School

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Over the ten-week program, our clerks will work on a wide variety of assignments, not only to gain exposure to our full range of practice areas, but also to get to know the partners and associates in those departments.

Through close attorney contact, formal training, time spent in one of our offices abroad, and social events that explore the city, our summer law clerks receive a realistic vision of what it means to be a Clifford Chance lawyer.

We remember what it was like at the beginning of our own careers, and understand that the best mentorship comes from all levels.

In New York, we pair each of our summer law clerks with an office mate from our first and second-year classes as well as an associate from our mid-level ranks.

We believe that the best learning is done on the job, and we also understand that the first two years of law school can only cover so much. We encourage our clerks to use the summer program to try areas of the law they may not have had exposure to, and to find the best fit. 

In addition, since we do not have a fixed rotation, our assignment system provides flexibility to tailor each project based on each summer's interest and availability. Typical assignments include drafting memos, writing briefs, assisting with closings, and attending client calls and meetings. 

Success requires careful planning, and we take time at the start of the program to map out every step of your way

During the first week of the program, our clerks meet individually with assigning associates to discuss their interests, backgrounds and what they want to accomplish over the next 10 weeks. It is the responsibility of our assigning associate, and every lawyer involved in the program, to ensure that these goals are reached, that each summer law clerk has had exposure to the work requested, and that constant feedback is given.

Our summer law clerks also have formal mid-point and final reviews. The reviews are designed to be a dialogue, allowing the clerks the opportunity to discuss their work and also reflect on their experiences overall.

We supplement hands-on training with formal training opportunities throughout the summer. Our law clerks participate in Corporate trainings, a legal writing seminar, as well as a presentation specifically geared to prepare them to work as an international lawyer. Our job is to not only help them thrive as junior lawyers, but to also make sure they succeed as Clifford Chance lawyers, and we host a number of presentations to help them get there. Our professional development team hosts a lunch focused on associate life at the firm; two associates lead a discussion with advice regarding "what they wish they had known" when they were summers; and our CFO presents a seminar to demystify the business side of running a law firm. 

Summer abroad

Pack your passport – you may spend part of your summer in one of our offices abroad. Take a peek into those experiences in our abroad videos.

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Every summer (and summer class) is different. Some summers know exactly what they want to do, while others really benefit from having someone walk them through the differences in our practices and help them decide where they will ultimately start their careers. Whichever the case, being able to channel their talent and energy toward something that really interests them is the best part of my role. It is truly an honour to be a part of that formative experience, all the while getting to know the future of the firm.

- MJ Yoon, Hiring Committee Counsel and Summer Assignment Advisor

Team-building and social activities

Of course, we don't spend all our time in the office – we make sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Our New York summer social calendar is designed as a vehicle both to explore the city – taking our clerks from dinner and jazz in Harlem to bowling and live music in Brooklyn – and to forge (what often become) lifelong friendships. Similarly, in Washington, DC, our clerks cheered on the Nationals, took in a show at the Kennedy Center, a movie al fresco, and soared the skies (and overcame their fears) at trapeze school.

Hong Kong Summer Program

Our summer program presents a unique opportunity for ambitious law students to work directly with our team of Partners and Associates in our US practice on a wide variety of matters arising throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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London Summer Program

Our London program is designed to provide an insightful experience where students can enjoy realistic hands-on work in the international finance and capital markets practice. Find out more about this unique opportunity.

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