Stage 1

Online Application

You will need to complete an online application form. It may be a good idea to attend one of Clifford Chance’s open days , to learn more about the organisation, prior to applying. To apply for an open day, you will need to submit a CV and a 250-word piece on “how would you benefit from an open day at Clifford Chance”. You may also be asked to complete a brief video interview.

Stage 2

Verbal Reasoning Test

If your initial application was successful, you will be invited to complete an online verbal reasoning test. This takes less than 20 minutes to complete and consists of multiple-choice questions. If you pass, your application will be reviewed against Clifford Chance’s competencies.

If you applied for the Non-Law Insight Scheme, and you rank highly, you will also be asked to complete a short video interview.

Stage 3

Assessment Day

The final stage of the application process involves you attending an assessment centre. This will be after the application deadline.

On the day, you will participate in 3 exercises. These are listed below.

  • Competency Interview – interviewers will have access to your application and will be interested in exploring the competency areas in more detail. They will also want to find out more about you are your career aspirations.
  • Case Study Interview – this interview will assess your ability to think quickly and solve problems. You will be required to deliver a presentation based on a business scenario. Be prepared to answer questions afterwards. You will be given 15 minutes to prepare your presentation.
  • Watson Glaser Critical Reasoning Test – a 40-item online test designed to assess your critical thinking. It should take you around 30 minutes to complete. The skills it measures include:
    • Defining a problem
    • Selecting relevant information to solve a problem
    • Recognising stated and unstated assumptions
    • Formulating and selecting relevant and promising hypotheses
    • Drawing valid conclusions and judging the validity of inferences

You should receive a response, regarding the outcome of your application, shortly after the assessment day.

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