Clifford Chance Graduate Careers
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- Employer Clifford Chance
- Salary Competitive
- Location Online
The AllAboutLaw perspective on Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle, boasting 34 offices across 23 countries. Given that the firm won Law Firm of the Year at the Lawyer Awards 2019 and is set to be Legal Advisor for the postponed 2020 Invictus games, trainees can expect to work on cutting edge deals.
Trainees at such a prestigious firm are expected to work hard, but many current trainees see this as a benefit, describing the work as “fast-paced, complex and rewarding.” Another trainee stated “it’s the variety of projects and pace of change that keeps me at the firm.” Lawyers feel supported, with a two-year buddy program starting once you receive your offer of a training contract, so you learn what to expect from a current trainee.
You will also be well rewarded for your hard work, with a sizable starting salary of £50,000, rising to £107,500 upon qualification. This is combined with the many benefits offered by the firm, such as concierge services, free meals in the evenings, and a free gym and pool. Furthermore, with the firm’s multiple offices across the globe, trainees can spend a seat in places as far as São Paulo and Singapore.
This prestige may be confused for exclusivity. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
The firm is renowned for its commitment to diversity, and offers several schemes aimed at encouraging those from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a law career. ACCESS work provides two years of work experience, one-on-one tutoring and mentorship to sixth form students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, ensuring access to work experience is no longer about who you know.
Furthering this commitment is ACCEPT, the firm’s one day conference for LGBT+ students interested in law, where aspiring lawyers discuss topical issues and learn from professionals about their experience. A current trainee summarises their experience as follows: “they place such a value on you being an individual which is really refreshing”
What the firm says
Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, with an incredible depth and breadth of expertise that spans five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, the firm prides itself on its approachable, collegial, team-based way of working, and on the positive difference it makes to its clients right around the world.
With thousands of lawyers working from dozens of offices across the globe, Clifford Chance offers expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. And strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations.
Many of Clifford Chance's deals make the news. All of its work has a real and meaningful impact. Often, it demands the kind of knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide. Its reputation in the field is formidable. Which is why organisations turn to the firm not just for legal expertise but also for advice on their most critical business issues.
Clifford Chance knows it's not enough to have an expert understanding of law. That its clients need people with real commercial acumen. People who can bring their insight and imagination to complex problems. People who can act as trusted business advisers and deliver the results that matter. This is reflected in the firm's training contract, which gives new joiners the chance to develop experience across a variety of seats.
Regardless of the specific path they take, trainees at Clifford Chance gain an insight into the firm's global deals, its high-profile clients and collaborative culture. As integral members of the team, they also have the chance to develop their legal and business skills, setting them up for a successful career that could take them in any number of different directions.
- 1st year trainee£50,000
- 2nd year trainee£55,000
- GDL course fees paidYes
- GDL living costs grant£10,000
- LPC course fees paidYes
- UK Offices2
- NQ salary£107,500
- Winner - Best Law Firm
- Winner - Best Training Contract
- Winner - Best First Year Opportunities
- Winner - Best Website & Social Media
- Winner - Most Sustainable Recruitment Campaign
- Winner - Most Sustainable Recruitment Process
- A-levels Not Assessed
- Degree Not Assessed
Clifford Chance’s commitment to diversity shines through in their application process. Not only have they removed minimum A-level or university degree requirements, they have used many tools to make the process more accessible.