Clifford Chance


We recognise how important it is for law students to have had some work experience by the time they have finished their studies. We offer internships to students studying both in China and overseas so that you can gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work in an international law firm in China and what it is like to be a lawyer at Clifford Chance.

Extended Internships

We offer long-term internships to law students studying at law schools in the PRC. The internship is normally full-time during the vacation and part-time during the term time. Most internships last between six to 12 months.

As an intern, you will find yourself assigned as a team member on transactions, receiving the same training in the China offices as the other lawyers, and involved in practice area initiatives. We aim to expose our interns to a broad range of work in different practice areas. You will be expected to work hard and will be relied upon as a valuable member of the team. Many of our interns have progressed to become trainees and associates/assistants of our firm.

There are a limited number of internship positions available and competition for places is fierce. Selection is based on a number of criteria, including oral and written English skills, academic ability, commercial awareness, legal knowledge and commitment to the law. Our preference is for students who are in the final year of their LLB or LLM (or who are finishing their penultimate year of study).

Vacation Internships

We offer vacation internships to law students studying overseas. The internship normally lasts between two to three months and is from December-February and June-August each year.

We try to expose you as much as possible to the working practices of the firm during your internship. This will include attending client and internal meetings and assisting with current transactions. We look for a commitment to use your time on the programme effectively. We aim to ensure you have a high-level of individual attention and good quality work.

Again, places are limited competition is fierce and selection is based on a number of criteria, including oral and written English and Chinese skills, academic ability and commitment to the law and a career in China. Again, our preference is for students in their penultimate or final year of legal studies and those who can speak fluent Mandarin.

How to apply online

All current opportunities in China are advertised online. As we roll-out a new careers portal, candidates interested in opportunities at the firm should check both our new and existing careers portals to be sure they have oversight of all available roles in China: