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Job Title:


SPARK Scheme



10 Upper Bank Street, London



£350 per week




Our SPARK Scheme is open to first year undergraduate students on a three year degree, or second year undergraduate students on a four year degree. You are not eligible to apply to any other roles (Training Contract, IGNITE or Summer Vacation Scheme). You are eligible to apply for one Open Day and focused conference alongside this application.


For exceptional students the SPARK Scheme may lead to a Training Contract. If you are a law student then you should be able to start a Training Contract in 2023, and for non-law, 2024.


Please be aware that we will only review your application form. If you upload your CV, this will pre-populate some of your application however your CV will not be reviewed


Please do NOT upload a covering letter as this will not be reviewed.




Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.


SPARK is an award-winning and unique opportunity to gain an unparalleled introduction to the world of commercial law, undertaking classroom based learning alongside work shadowing in a practice area. You may even secure a training contract by the end of your first year of university (or second year if you are on a four-year degree).


Experience and skills


You do not need to have prior legal experience or a law degree to apply to us. As our SPARK Scheme may lead to a Training Contract, we will expect you to be a problem-solver with strong communication skills and commercial acumen. The competencies that we look for in our SPARK interns (and trainees) include:

  • Business awareness
  • Leading and managing
  • Problem solving with commercial insight
  • Relationship building and networking
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to identify legal vs business issues

You will be in your first year of study, or your second year if you are completing a four year degree


If you are a law student then you should be able to start a Training Contract in 2023, and if you are a non-law student then you should be able to start in 2024. The details for the Training Contract are:


Job Title:


Trainee Solicitor

Job Type:





10 Upper Bank Street, London



£48,000 (first year)

£54,000 (second year)


Application process


Applications open on 1st August 2019 and close at midnight on 12th December 2019.  We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the deadline has passed. 


Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an email from us asking you to complete an online Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment. This takes approximately 30 minutes and should be completed within 5 days of receiving our email with instructions.


The assessment days for our SPARK Scheme will take place in London from the week commencing 3rd February 2020.


Further information on the firm and the opportunities that we offer can be found on our website: careers.cliffordchance.com/London/home.html 

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