About the Application Process

Each year, Clifford Chance receives thousands applicants. Candidates applying for vacation schemes and training contracts are assessed using the same four-stage process detailed below. Clifford Chance emphasises that it does not disadvantage non-law students. Rather, it specifically evaluates a candidate's motivation to become a top lawyer.

The stages of the Clifford Chance application process are an Application Form which includes the Waston-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal and a video interview. The second part of the process is an Assessment Day which includes a strengths-based interview and a case study interview.

Clifford Chance Application Form

In addition to providing your basic details, education, and work experience, you will be asked a number of questions about your experience and motivations for applying. Remember to illustrate your answers with examples.

Your application form is only assessed once you have passed the Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal. For more advice on how to approach the different stages of the application form, read our guide to law firm applications blog. 

Clifford Chance Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Test

The Watson-Glaser Test is designed to measure your ability to think critically about a piece of information in front of you. You are assessed in five areas: drawing inferences, recognising assumptions, deductive reasoning, logical interpretation, and argument evaluation. Practising for the test is a sure way to improve your score. JobTestPrep has developed Watson-Glaser practice tests that mimic the test you'll sit at the Clifford Chance Assessment Day. Using our practice tests guarantees your full preparation.

Clifford Chance Assessment Day

The Clifford Chance Assessment Day takes place at the firm's offices in London. It is comprised of two interviews.

Strengths-Based Interview

The strengths-based interview is designed to understand both what energises and motivates you, as well as what you do well. This differs from traditional competency-based interviews which are focused more on what you can do or have done in the past.

Ahead of your interview, there are a few simple things you can think about that will help you show the best of yourself during the real thing:

  • What do your friends and family know you for? How would they describe you to a stranger?
  • What do you truly enjoy doing, and what you are like at your best?
  • What are the achievements you are proud of, and how did you accomplish them?
  • What activities (inside and outside of work) do you not particularly enjoy, and why?

The interviewers do not read your application form ahead of the interview, so it's up to you to set the tone.

Many employers recommend that you sit a mock interview ahead of the real thing. JobTestPrep offers a interview service through which you can get real-time interview practice, with the added benefit of feedback on your performance. Find out more about the service here.

Case Study Interview

Ahead of this interview, you are given 15 minutes to prepare a short presentation on a commercial question— usually on how you would advise a certain business legally and commercially—which you will present to interviewers. There is a distinct emphasis on commercial awareness in this interview. In addition, the interviewers are not looking for specific legal knowledge, but rather at how you think and solve problems. The interviewers are looking at your organisation skills—how you gather your thoughts on a piece of information in a limited time frame.

In this interview, you need to put yourself in the mindset of working for a law firm. Moreover, you must consider the client’s and the firm’s needs and priorities when making your recommendations. This involves some preparation ahead of time, including doing research about the firm as well as honing your approach. See JobTestPrep’s case study pages to learn more.

Prepare for the Clifford Chance Assessment Day

The recruitment process for Clifford Chance is very competitive and includes several testing stages. You must impress assessors during each phase of the process in order to progress to the next one. Preparation is key to helping you create this good impression, and JobTestPrep is here to assist you. With our information and resources, you can help ensure you pass the assessment day tests and interviews.