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Clifford Chance Graduate Programs & Internships

See where bright minds meet – Clifford Chance is a premier global law firm with 32 offices in 22 countries and a legal team recognised as being among the very best in the world.

Clifford Chance Global Virtual Internship

Job type:

Internships

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

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Workrights:

Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent

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Past Clifford Chance Graduate Hiring Statistics

If you’re interested in working at Clifford Chance, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when Clifford Chance hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.


Months

Dec 19Jan 20Feb 20Mar 20Apr 20May 20Jun 20Jul 20Aug 20Sep 20Oct 20Nov 2000.511.520 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job0 job2 jobs2 jobs0 job1 job1 job
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Job types

  • Internships (50%),

  • Graduate Jobs (33%),

  • Clerkships (17%),

Disciplines

  • Law (100%),

Locations

  • Perth (83%),

  • Sydney (50%),

  • Canberra (33%),

  • Adelaide (33%),

  • Melbourne (33%),

  • ...show more

Work rights

  • Australian Permanent Resident (100%),

  • New Zealand Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Citizen (100%),

  • Australian Working Visa (67%),

  • Australian Skilled Migration Visa (485) (33%),

  • Australian Bridging Visa (33%),

  • Australian Student Visa (33%),

Past Clifford Chance Graduate Programs & Internships

Check out some of Clifford Chance's past jobs they have posted on GradConnection over the last 12 months. Understanding the details about what a graduate employer is looking for well before applications have opened can sometimes be the edge you need to secure your first graduate program.


Clifford Chance Global Virtual Internship

Job type:

Internships

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

...

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, Australian Bridging

...

Clifford Chance Global Virtual Internship

Job type:

Internships

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane,

...

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, Australian Bridging

...

Clifford Chance 2021 Graduate Program (Perth)

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Perth

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

...

Clifford Chance 2020 Summer Clerkship Program (Perth)

Job type:

Clerkships

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Perth

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

...

Get to Know Clifford Chance (Virtual Event)

Job type:

Graduate Jobs

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Perth

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

...

Clifford Chance 2020/2021 Summer Clerkship Program

Job type:

Internships

Disciplines:

Law

Locations:

Sydney

Workrights:

Australian Citizen, New Zealand

...

About Us

Clifford Chance


We are a premier global law firm committed to setting the standard for excellence in legal skills and client service around the world. Joining us means sharing that commitment, a drive to innovate and grasp new opportunities as we help our clients to address a wide range of business, financial and legal issues.

We're looking for the brightest and most talented law students irrespective of background – ambitious people who offer new ideas and fresh perspectives and who will ultimately be able to give our clients a competitive advantage. If that sounds like you, and if your aim is to work at the cutting edge of commercial law, with outstanding legal and business training, and equally impressive ‘on the job’ experience, take a closer look at Clifford Chance.

Diverse, international and commercially-savvy. Across Asia Pacific, Clifford Chance is where bright minds meet.

Join a Major Practice with an Impressive Global Reach

The intellectual challenges at Clifford Chance are extraordinarily rich. Client matters rarely fall conveniently within one practice area, so our people have to combine their expertise to cut through the most complex of problems. With offices throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, our lawyers advise internationally and domestically: under common law and civil law systems; in local and cross-border transactions; on day-to-day operations; and on the most challenging matters.

As a practitioner, doing this work means you'll have to consider every angle. You won't just think through a problem, you'll think around it. You'll also connect regularly with colleagues around the globe – working together to find solutions across borders, languages and legal systems. It's this sense of collaboration that truly sets us apart.

One Firm, One Team

From your first day, you will be an integral part of the team, participating in a wide variety of client projects. Even with our long history, you will find that we are unstuffy, approachable and fun to work with. The formality and hierarchy often associated with the legal profession does not work here: everyone's door is always open and silos are forbidden!

We want to be recognised as the best law firm in which to work, both globally and domestically, attracting and retaining the very best talent. We seek to achieve this through balanced growth, building solid relationships with our clients and leading and innovating in the way that we work.

Our Vision

"We will be the global law firm of choice for the world's leading businesses of today and tomorrow. Attracting and retaining the best talent is central to reaching this goal." 

Training to be a Lawyer

Clifford Chance


Vacation Clerkship

Our clerkship program is designed to provide you with a real insight to life at Clifford Chance Australia. Throughout the program, you will work alongside all levels of lawyers, including partners, while you assist with real-time matters.

You will have two seat rotations, allowing you to experience two of our three practice areas. Throughout the clerkship you will hear from various departments, helping you to develop a comprehensive understanding of life in a magic circle law-firm.

2020 Program Dates:

ProgramDatesApplication Period
Sydney - Summer30 November 2020 - 12 February 2021 9 June - 5 July
Perth - Summer30 November 2020 - 18 December 2020 13 July - 2 August

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Graduate Program

The two-year graduate program turns gifted beginners into professionals, with the aim of getting the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser.

Our graduate program is divided into four, six-month seats (rotations) that place you in different parts of our business. You will work in teams with different colleagues and clients, gaining exposure to the challenges they face and the ways in which we help them. While seat availability is subject to the needs of the business, we endeavour to allocate you seats which reflect your personal career ambitions.

Our extensive international network and the global nature of our business mean that it is both possible and beneficial for you to take one of your seats in one of our overseas offices. Secondments are an opportunity for you to acquire new skills and experience, develop your language skills and give you a valuable international perspective in a new business and cultural environment.

Throughout the graduate program, you will be closely supported, both informally and through formal mentoring and training, with advice and guidance from the graduate team and a supervisor in each seat.

The seat process is akin to an apprenticeship. You will work closely alongside your supervisor and he or she sees what you do, gives you advice, checks your work and then gradually gives you more complex things to do as your skills and confidence grow. It’s a great way to learn because you receive continuous feedback in a safe and collegiate environment from the start.

Next Graduate Intake:

LocationCommencesVacanciesApplication Period
SydneyMarch 20224 – 6Applications open in 2021
PerthMarch 20222 – 4 Applications open in 2021

LEARN MORE HERE

Is it Right for You?

Clifford Chance


Our selection process is designed to identify people who have the right intellect, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as an international lawyer with Clifford Chance.

To be successful you will need to demonstrate your potential to become a first-class lawyer and your willingness to take advantage of the many opportunities that you encounter. You will need to exhibit ambition, drive and commitment, the ability to articulate ideas clearly, and the desire to build relationships and deliver outstanding service. We’re also looking for business awareness, a keen commercial insight and a strong ability to lead and to manage.

When completing your application consider how you can best demonstrate these qualities and try to provide examples from your academic life, work experience or other activities.

We’re also looking for intellectual curiosity, common sense, strong interpersonal skills, an interest in business and the capacity to assimilate detailed information quickly. These are the qualities that will determine your future with us – not your background. Above all, we are looking for people who aim for the very best in what they want to achieve and where they choose to work.

Our selection process is one of the most rigorous you’ll come across. It’s designed to challenge you and to ensure we recruit the most talented people, but it’s also an opportunity for you to show yourself at your very best.

Show us what you're made of…

Clifford Chance


Clifford Chance is one of the world’s top law firms because we think differently. Tell us what it is that makes you different – not what you think we want to hear. Tell us what makes you tick because we’re not interested in recruiting a ‘type’.

Competition is fierce and the process will be challenging, but the people we want to hire will relish the challenges it brings.

If you think you’re the kind of person we’re looking for, your first step is to fill in our online application form. As well as providing us with basic information about your background and education, this is your opportunity to tell us what it is that makes you exceptional – we receive a very large number of applications from people who’d like to join us, so you should think about how you’re going to set yourself apart.

We want to know what you can bring to the work we do at Clifford Chance. This form is a crucial part of the overall process, and we’ll be looking for excellent written communication – make sure your answers do you justice.

We will also be looking for evidence of your consistently strong academic ability – you will need to submit your transcript alongside your CV and covering letter.

2020 Clerkship Programs

ProgramDatesApplication Period
Sydney - Summer30 November 2020 - 12 February 2021 9 June - 5 July
Perth - Summer30 November 2020 - 18 December 2020 13 July - 2 August

LEARN MORE HERE

LocationCommencesVacanciesApplication Period
SydneyMarch 20224 – 6Applications open in 2021
PerthMarch 20222 – 4 Applications open in 2021

LEARN MORE HERE

Building a Better Place to Work

Clifford Chance


As the world becomes more complex, we must give our clients the perspectives and insights they need to meet their challenges and realise their visions.

To do this, we seek out, develop and nurture people who are as diverse as our ever-broadening client base. And we work to ensure that Clifford Chance is a place where we all can perform at our peak and give our clients the best advice they can get.

It is crucial that we provide an inclusive culture where people from diverse backgrounds work effectively together – and where we can be our authentic selves at work and confident to develop our potential.

Our women’s networks, cultural and faith-based groups, and our Arcus network for LGBT+ colleagues and its Allies network for their supporters and friends, thriving local and global groups help encourage an inclusive, integrated culture in our firm. Our lawyers, partners and business leaders are from a huge range of backgrounds and they are able to succeed equally regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other factors.

We recognise that expanding our variety of viewpoints is essential if we are to continue generating the brightest ideas and innovations – and we are committed to widening access to the legal profession. We attract candidates from the broadest range of backgrounds, and encourage them to build careers here.

And across the firm, at every level, we encourage open, honest conversations about how we can realise our ambitions and continue to make Clifford Chance a great place to work. By working together to build a workplace that respects and includes everyone, we will enable one another to deliver our best – for ourselves and for our clients.

Read more about inclusion and diversity at Clifford Chance.

Responsible Business

Clifford Chance


As a leader in our field we are rightly held to high standards in all we do. We are committed to inspiring the trust of our stakeholders by making Responsible Business a central part of our strategy.

We believe that our licence to operate, the sustainability of our business and the achievement of our vision are dependent on our ability to inspire trust and earn the confidence of all our stakeholders – our clients, our people and civil society. To do this we must act responsibly, creating long-term value and supporting their future success.

What we hear from our staff, clients, recruits, and suppliers – is that they have an expectation that we act responsibly. Not just doing our best for our clients but also working in a way that brings benefit to the broader business environment and civil society.

We have over 6,000 people working for the firm, hugely talented and with a fantastic range of valuable skills and experience. Together, we can really make an impact.

There’s also an important point here about individual development. Our people who are involved in this type of activity – whether it’s pro bono advice, mentoring local students, or working alongside clients on an environmental initiative – all have a much broader, more considered view of business life, and develop a wider range of really valuable life skills and business skills. For our lawyers, it’s a great way for them to understand the context beyond the immediate confines of the transaction or case.

Feeling that you can have a positive impact on some of the more pressing issues facing society is also hugely motivating, and that’s an important aspect of ensuring that everyone here feels that Clifford Chance is a really great place to work.

Learn more about our Responsible Business Strategy.

Come Meet Us

Clifford Chance


Say G'Day to our Clifford Chance team at one of the following upcoming campus events:

CampusEventDateTime (Local)

University of New South Wales

Responsible Business Panel*

29 June 2020

1:00pm – 2:30pm

University of Sydney

Intervarsity Gender + the Law Summit

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TBC

Perth Law Careers Fair

 

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TBC

University of Western Australia

Mid-Year Careers Fair

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*In light of the current pandemic, these events will be held virtually.

Events with dates still to be confirmed may vary depending on the development of the current pandemic.

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