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Clifford Chance

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2022 Graduate Program - Sydney

Sydney
Interested in a bright start to a brilliant career? Come and see where bright minds meet!

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
2-4
Start Date
21 Feb 2022 - 5 Sep 2022

Application dates

Applications Open
1 Mar 2021
Applications Close
11 Apr 2021

Minimum requirements

Minimum Prior Qualification
Bachelor
Accepting International Applications
Yes
Qualifications Accepted
L
Commercial Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Family Law
International Law
Tax Law
Legal Studies

Clifford Chance's 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) which 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.

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, possibly to utilise and improve your language skills and give you a valuable international perspective on new business and a different cultural environment.

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

In general, learning at Clifford Chance follows the 70:20:10 rule, which is to say that 70% of your learning happens through practical experience, with 20% via mentoring and 10% by formal study. Throughout your program, 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.

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 your 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 manage.

In addition to these attributes we ask that applicants have a consistently strong academic record.

As a part of your application, please submit an up-to-date academic transcript, curriculum vitae and cover letter.

Graduate Success Stories


  • Graduate stories
The opportunity to experience the global network of Clifford Chance in practice was a real eye opener for me and reinforced the importance of working for a firm that would provide me with every opportunity to better my skills as a lawyer and develop my commercial acumen.

Max Beavis

  • Graduate stories
The opportunity to experience the global network of Clifford Chance in practice was a real eye opener for me and reinforced the importance of working for a firm that would provide me with every opportunity to better my skills as a lawyer and develop my commercial acumen.

Max Beavis

  • Graduate stories
Although we are an international firm with amazing resources and connections, there was more of a boutique size feel which I joined the firm; the benefit of this was that there were always plenty of opportunities to obtain a wide range of experience with tasks like drafting and negotiating.

Samantha Wong

  • Graduate stories
Although we are an international firm with amazing resources and connections, there was more of a boutique size feel which I joined the firm; the benefit of this was that there were always plenty of opportunities to obtain a wide range of experience with tasks like drafting and negotiating.

Samantha Wong

  • Graduate stories
The opportunity to experience the global network of Clifford Chance in practice was a real eye opener for me and reinforced the importance of working for a firm that would provide me with every opportunity to better my skills as a lawyer and develop my commercial acumen.

Max Beavis

  • Graduate stories
The opportunity to experience the global network of Clifford Chance in practice was a real eye opener for me and reinforced the importance of working for a firm that would provide me with every opportunity to better my skills as a lawyer and develop my commercial acumen.

Max Beavis

  • Graduate stories
Although we are an international firm with amazing resources and connections, there was more of a boutique size feel which I joined the firm; the benefit of this was that there were always plenty of opportunities to obtain a wide range of experience with tasks like drafting and negotiating.

Samantha Wong

  • Graduate stories
Although we are an international firm with amazing resources and connections, there was more of a boutique size feel which I joined the firm; the benefit of this was that there were always plenty of opportunities to obtain a wide range of experience with tasks like drafting and negotiating.

Samantha Wong


Related Courses


Professional Certificate

Entry Requirements

You can start your Practical Legal Training if you have completed all Priestley 11 core subjects of your law degree – with no more than two electives remaining. 

To start your Practical Legal Training before completing your law degree, you will need to seek approval from the admitting authority in your state.

Duration
15 weeks full-time