Stagiaire Program

The stagiaire program has a limited duration of one year and is open to qualified or non-qualified lawyers.

The program’s aim is to give the stagiaire a chance to work with and get to know us—and vice versa—with a view to obtaining a permanent position as an associate of the firm. It offers a unique opportunity to graduate students to gain solid working experience before pursuing an LL.M.

Our stagiaires work closely with our lawyers on ongoing matters, in order to give them the best possible insight into our Corporate and Antitrust practices.

Our stagiaires often work in diverse teams, with lawyers of more than 25 different nationalities working in our office.

Stagiaires thus experience the high profile work, international environment, and open and collegial atmosphere that constitute the unique features of Cleary Gottlieb.

  • Qualification Requirements. We receive a very high number of applications for stagiaire positions each year. Candidates need to demonstrate exceptional academic ability and fluency in spoken and written English. To join our Antitrust practice, candidates need to have prior working experience in European competition law. To join our Corporate practice, a Belgian law degree is also required. In addition, we value extracurricular achievement, an international mindset, problem-solving attitude, and creative thinking. 
  • When to Apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • How to Apply. Please refer to the Opportunities and Application Information section. All candidates should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts for each university year.