Updating Results

Clifford Chance

4.5
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

2021 Graduate Program

Sydney
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.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Types
Graduate Job
Number of Vacancies
2
Start Date
1 Mar 2021

Application dates

Applications Open
30 Mar 2020
Applications Close
19 Apr 2020

Minimum requirements

Level of Study
Bachelor
Accepting International Applications
No
Qualifications Accepted
L
Justice & Law Enforcement
Commercial Law
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Family Law
International Law
Tax Law
Legal Studies

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
I thoroughly enjoy speaking with and meeting clients to understand their most complex, strategic and reputation critical opportunities and challenges. I get great satisfaction in helping them grow and succeed. 

Isabelle Cameron

  • Graduate stories
I thoroughly enjoy speaking with and meeting clients to understand their most complex, strategic and reputation critical opportunities and challenges. I get great satisfaction in helping them grow and succeed. 

Isabelle Cameron

  • Graduate stories
Anybody driven by a strong motivation to learn and to succeed can perform well in this job but you do need to be willing to make sacrifices in your personal life.

Jack Oakley

  • Graduate stories
Anybody driven by a strong motivation to learn and to succeed can perform well in this job but you do need to be willing to make sacrifices in your personal life.

Jack Oakley

  • Graduate stories
I thoroughly enjoy speaking with and meeting clients to understand their most complex, strategic and reputation critical opportunities and challenges. I get great satisfaction in helping them grow and succeed. 

Isabelle Cameron

  • Graduate stories
I thoroughly enjoy speaking with and meeting clients to understand their most complex, strategic and reputation critical opportunities and challenges. I get great satisfaction in helping them grow and succeed. 

Isabelle Cameron

  • Graduate stories
Anybody driven by a strong motivation to learn and to succeed can perform well in this job but you do need to be willing to make sacrifices in your personal life.

Jack Oakley

  • Graduate stories
Anybody driven by a strong motivation to learn and to succeed can perform well in this job but you do need to be willing to make sacrifices in your personal life.

Jack Oakley