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Responsibility:
3.1/5
 
Work Life Balance:
2.2/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.4/5
 
Company Culture:
3.6/5
 
Career Progression:
3.8/5
 
Colleagues:
3.9/5
 
Training:
4/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.2/5
 

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Application Advice:

Candidates should have strong academic results, a variety of work experience (not necessarily just in law firms), and a clear commitment to a career in commercial law.

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Do a lot of research before applying on the firm's website and in the legal press, speak to the Human Resources team and to lawyers if you have the chance, attend open days.

Interview Advice:

Be natural.

Trainee Solicitor, Insolvency at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Think about what the firm is looking for and tailor your application.

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate enthusiasm in the career and firm. Research the firm's core areas and clients and ensure that this is reflected in the application.

Interview Advice:

If unsure about a technical question, think and give a reasoned response and ask the interviewer(s) to explain what the answer is. Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Know yourself and be prepared for anything. By this I mean, be sure that you have a thorough understanding of what sets you apart from others - everyone's story is unique. Do not try to be what they want, ensure you are the best version of yourself you can be in your presentation.

Interview Advice:

If you get an assessment day, be thoroughly prepared and expect to have the ability to deal with anything that comes up (be it an unexpected question or a challenging business case). Stay calm and don't let anything diminish your focus and remain positive throughout. If one section of the day does not go well, do not let it ruin the others. Take a deep breath and approach each section anew.

Trainee Solicitor, Project Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about why you want to be a corporate lawyer. It suits a particular personality type and mind set.

Interview Advice:

Research the firm carefully, areas of expertise and big deals they have worked on recently.

Trainee Solicitor, Captial Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Ensure you thoroughly research the Firm, its specialities, and its goals going forwards. Make sure that this is reflected in your application, and ensure that you demonstrate knowledge of this, alongside general commercial awareness and drive to learn / succeed, at interview.

Interview Advice:

Take a watch or timer for the verbal reasoning test!

Trainee, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Talk to as many people at the firm as you can and spend time on your application.

Interview Advice:

Stay calm. The interviewers aren't trying to catch you out, they just want to see you work through a problem logically.

Trainee solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Focus on the international nature of the role, I never truly realised how global the firm was until I got here. You are not just a London lawyer but a world one.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, open and upfront. This is a very nice group of people with no egos. If you've got to the interview stage it's likely because they think you are bright enough; it's about connecting with the individuals then.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Show a real interest in CC in particular - have a think about why you'd want to work here rather than any other Magic Circle firm.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic and be yourself - there's a real mix of people here so they really aren't looking for a particular 'type' of person, except someone who is interested in the work and is willing to work hard.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Ask yourself your reasons for doing it.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared! Be yourself.

trainee solicitor, finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Applicants will obviously need strong academics, a desire and the stamina to work very hard, strong 'commercial awareness' or a good understanding of the financial markets.

Interview Advice:

I think a top tip will be the ability to demonstrate strong 'commercial awareness' or a good understanding of the financial markets.

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Application Advice:

Sell yourself and be yourself. If you have any reasons for choosing the Firm make this clear. For example, I chose Clifford Chance for it's name in social diversity as this was something close to my heart given my background in the state-school system and it's under-representation in many professions, especially law.

Interview Advice:

It was CV free so your interviewer doesn't know who you are so again sell yourself. Know the company and the current business environment around it. Don't be afraid to ask questions back.

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

You have to want to work hard and be willing to learn

Interview Advice:

Confidence, enthusiasm and a hard work ethic is key

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Apply early.

Interview Advice:

Try and be natural. The Firm is looking to hire people that everyone wants to work with, it isn't all about how much you know or where you went to school.

Trainee Solicitor, Banking at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Take a lot of time to really understand what being a lawyer means. Research the area and have good commercial awareness.

Interview Advice:

It is very important to know why you want to go into law and why exactly you want to do it at the firm you are applying for.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Proper preparation - research the firm's work and it's clients.

Interview Advice:

Prepare questions to ask your interviewers.

Trainee Solicitor, Financial Regulation at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Get your application in early, the firm recruits on a rolling basis.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - the firm is known for it's genuinely friendly atmosphere. Be nice and you'll fit in!

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and don't be all about law. Show that you're an interesting and down-to-earth person, but that you are really eager to learn. Being eager to learn is more important than pretending you know everything about law.

Interview Advice:

Have background knowledge about the firm and about general business issues. Knowing about the economic climate is probably more important than knowing anything about law. Back in 2009 I was asked what caused the credit crunch!

Trainee Solicitor, Property / Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

During your training contract, you will need to be flexible, attentive and a safe pair of hands - try your best to think of ways you can demonstrate that. The firm needs to have confidence in you - if you can convey that (and your academics are strong enough) then you should be fine.

Interview Advice:

Show how you are able to adapt, listen and develop your understanding.

Coming to an interview with basic financial and corporate awareness and a general understanding of what corporate lawyers do is a very good start!

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Try to develop your commercial awareness.

Interview Advice:

Be logical. Think things through.

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Be specific with your achievements and aims. Focus on why Clifford Chance is the law firm for you.

Interview Advice:

Swot up on basic financial concepts and terminology. Know your CV well as the interview is "CV blind" so you will be asked to introduce yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the firm thoroughly and decide whether it is where you want to be. If its ethos and aims and values fit with yours, spell out why.

Interview Advice:

CC treats the interview as a conversation. Have your examples of your experience at your fingertips, and be creative with your examples. Don't stress about the commercial question either - it's all logical.

Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Take time to highlight the skills and experience that you have developed and link these to the core attributes expected of an employee at Clifford chance.

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness will always be a core part of the interview, so take time to read about a few current issues. Do not just focus on legal issues in the papers. Think about why you want a career in law then be able to provide an explanation of why you want to work at Clifford Chance especially. Once you have got to interview stage it means people are genuinely interested in you so be confident and highlight why you are right for this job.

Trainee Solicitor, Finance at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Take time to consider your application and make sure that every answer is suitably tailored to the question asked. Use the interviewing and application literature available to make sure that you show off your skills and competencies in a way that is relevant to a career in international law.

Interview Advice:

If given a task to carry out (for example, a commercial question), start with the basics and move onto detail later.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Think about what clients want and show from your personal experiences how you have demonstrated that.

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Make sure that your experience/resume is broad and shows interests/achievements outside of academia.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets (structured debt) at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor application form to the firm - what in particular distinguishes CC and why are you suited to the firm and the type of work it does

Interview Advice:

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Commerical awareness is key!
Be willing to explain current issues, why you find them interesting and the impact they may have on the firm/ its clients. What industries and sectors might the issue affect?

Trainee Solicitor, Capital markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Think very carefully whether this is the type of career you want.

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself and talk openly.

Trainee Solicitor, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Research the job well, know what you are getting into.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and try and build rapport with interviewer.

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Really think about why you think the firm would be a good fit and focus on these points.

Trainee, at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Be confident in yourself.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you know your reasons for applying to the firm.

Trainee Solicitor, Private Equity at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Tailor the application to the firm. How is Clifford Chance distinguishable from the other firms and why are you interested/ suited to the type of work it does. Why is the work CC does important to you/ your career?

Interview Advice:

Commercial awareness is key!

Be prepared to talk about current issues and why you are interested in them. Explain how these issues may impact the firm or its clients. What industries/ sectors may be affected and how may this impact the work in different departments at CC?

Trainee Solicitor, Capital Markets at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Thorough research, what distinguishes CC from other firms?

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, do not say what you think they want to hear as it will sound fake.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Do plenty of research into different sectors and firms, get lots of experience in the legal world, talk to every contact, milk contacts for experience, push for international exposure (if you want an international firm). Make sure you really know what you are getting in for.....because it is not Silk, wigs and "i object" but it is extremely interesting!

Don't trust Suits too much either.

Interview Advice:

They have extremely skilled interviewers here, who do not give anything away. Prepare.

The assessment day (which incorporates all the interviews, tests and group exercises) is very relaxing as you have time to talk to the other candidates and members of graduate recruitment. Relax and be the best version of yourself as the recruiters want you to do your best. They are not trying to catch you out and have told us, from their experience, that candidates always perform better when they are not on edge.

Trainee Solicitor, Tax at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Think about whether you want to be a banking/corporate/capital markets lawyer - the firm has the most opportunities in these areas, and there are fewer opportunities for those who would like a more specialised career e.g. employment law.

Interview Advice:

Interviewers are very nice - make sure you have read up on the firm's recent transactions. Interviews are now CV blind.

Trainee, Banking at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Don't just focus on one aspect of your skills and qualities. You need excellent academics, work experience and extra-curriculars to get in at CC.

Interview Advice:

Don't feel rushed into answering questions. Remember they are looking for commercially aware individuals who will be comfortable in front of clients. Try and project friendliness as well as confidence and knowledge.

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate at Clifford Chance LLP
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Application Advice:

Aspiring solicitors need to understand two things. First, that they will be working in a service industry, delivering results that help clients realise their goals. In other words, lawyers make few strategic decisions themselves, but they must have an understanding of the world of business. Second, that the work of a trainee solicitor, though often interesting in the subject matter it relates to, will often be more laborious than intellectually stimulating.

I was told by an associate in my department that the most impressive candidates are those who understand what it takes to be a trainee solicitor and still honestly intend to become one. To convince your recruiters that this is the case, you need to understand the nature of the work. For this, of course, there is no substitute for work experience.

Interview Advice:

The Clifford Chance interview was remarkably fair. There did not seem to be anything that I could have prepared for, at least not in the days or weeks immediately preceding the interview.

I think it is important to realise that interview preparation is a marathon, not a race. Reading The Economist every day for a year and reflecting on its content will give you some understanding in the issues that face international businesses; reading the firm's website in the run-up to the interview will not.

At Clifford Chance, you will be tested on your "commercial awareness" - that is, your ability to understand and articulate the risk that a client faces in a given market context. Equally, you will be asked about your own interests and motivations. The key is to come prepared to have a discussion.

Trainee Solicitor, Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Clifford Chance LLP
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