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Clifford Chance

ACCESS two-year Development Programme (London)


Clifford Chance is proud to be a founding member of PRIME. Through PRIME, we are committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to enter the world of law has an equal chance to do so, regardless of their background.

For many years, obtaining work experience in the legal sector depended largely on who you know rather than what you know. PRIME members have made a commitment to change this by providing fair access to work experience.

Our response to this is our bespoke two-year development programme - Clifford Chance ACCESS. 

This pioneering programme consists of twelve different components, each focused around specific core areas of your personal and professional development, culminating in the opportunity to secure a place on our ACCESS SPARK programme and ultimately a Training Contract. 

More information about the 12 different components of the programme can be found on our website -



To be offered a place on the two-year ACCESS programme, you must be available to attend ACCESS Development from 1st - 4th August 2022. This is a four-day virtual work placement where you will take part in a variety of sessions to inform you about a career in law as well as developing skills such as networking, presentation and team work.

In order to apply to Clifford Chance ACCESS, you must meet the following qualifying criteria:

  • You are in Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland) or Lower Sixth (Northern Ireland)
  • You are attending, and have attended from age 11, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college 
  • You grew up in a household where no parent or guardian attended university.

In addition, you must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are currently in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or a 16 to 19 Bursary 
  • You are attending a school or college with a:

a) below average A-level or Higher point score; and/or
b) low rate of progression to higher education

  • You have been, or are currently, in local authority care (for a period of three months or longer)
  • You are, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer
  • You came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker.

Note: young people who meet the local authority care criterion do not need to meet any other criterion.


The application process

Applications open on 1st September 2021 and close at midnight on 20th March 2022. 

Once you have submitted your application you will receive a link to complete an online Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment (within 5 working days). This takes approximately 30 minutes and should be completed within 5 days of recieving our email with instructions.

Unlike our graduate roles, you will not be rejected based on this test score – however we will consider this alongside your application review. Remember to use our practice Watson Glaser Test and try to prepare yourself as best you can. 

Informal video interviews will take place from 4 -14 April 2022 (Easter break).

For more information about the programme and hints and tips about the process, we strongly reccommend that you watch this short video from our Graduate Recruitment Schools Manager -


Key dates

Applications open: 1 September 2021
Applications close: 20 March 2022
Video interviews: 4 -14 April 2022 (Easter break)
ACCESS Launch event: 20 July 2022
ACCESS Development: 1- 4 August 2022


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