Springboard Pupil at Clifford Chance

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Canary Whard Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Clifford Chance during the First Year Springboard Scheme. There was a combination of presentations, socials and networking events in order to find out as much about the firm as possible, and the work of a Magic Circle lawyer through open discussions with lawyers at all stages of their career.
I really enjoyed the insight as it helped me to understand the different practice areas, and see how the law works in a City law firm context.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

During my time with Clifford Chance I felt extremely valued. The amount of time and effort spend ensuring that we had the most in-depth and equally, enjoyable week demonstrated how important the recruits are to Clifford Chance and its success.
The Graduate Recruitment team, and the lawyers at Clifford Chance all dedicated a lot of time to getting to know us, and offering advice and support about legal careers. I felt extremely valued during my time at the firm because we were given many presentations about the firm and had the opportunity to find out as much as possible.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

We had support from both the Graduate Recruitment Team and lawyers at Clifford Chance during the insight.
For example, the Graduate Recruitment Team corresponded with us during the lead up to the insight, and invited us to several networking events prior to the Springboard week. The Graduate Recruitment Team also attended all the social events with us, and gave us great information regarding assessment days and what they look for in potential employees.
We also had guidance from the Clifford Chance lawyers during networking events, where we could chat and ask questions which they answered frankly. I was able to find out more about Vacation Schemes, the LPC and training contracts through conversations with current lawyers.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I believe I developed many skills during my time at Clifford Chance. Many presentations were held regarding personal impact, and the qualities of lawyers. For example, we had a communication presentation where we were taught techniques of how to develop our communication skills, and the relevance of this to be a successful commercial lawyer.
I believe I now recognise important attributes which I should develop in order to become a successful lawyer.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was extremely well structured, every hour was accounted for whether during presentations, networking or evening socials. We were kept busy during the week, but the insight was so informative and enjoyable that I got as much out of the experience as was possible.
The insight was well organised so that we were able to receive information about all the practice areas, so that we were able to get an all round view of the work at Clifford Chance.
We were also able to enjoy experiences such as visiting an international office, Clifford Chance located in Paris and we were able to attend social events such as an immersive theatre in London.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere at Clifford Chance was extremely friendly. Everyone dedicated time to speak to the Springboard pupils, answering questions and providing advice and guidance. The atmosphere was one of motivation and love of the firm and the people who work there. Many lawyers commented that their favourite part of working at Clifford Chance was its team nature and the support of colleagues.
The other pupils on the Springboard Scheme were all lovely and we had a great week together.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

We were lucky enough to spend a whole day in a practice area. This was a great insight into a working day of a lawyer.
By spending time with many lawyers from all practice areas, it was a great opportunity to find out about the socials and extra-work events that occur at the firm. For example, their sporting teams and events such as Successful Women Lawyers.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were networking breakfasts and lunches everyday. There was ample opportunity to meet the employees of the firm and ask any questions that we had. Each networking event was with a group from a specific department, so we were able to meet lawyers from all practice areas to ensure that we had the opportunity to find out as much as possible about the firm.
In addition to this, we were able to network during organised social events such as a trip to the immersive theatre, and a dinner at Gaucho. We were always able to network, it was lovely that the lawyers dedicated so much time to speak to the Springboard pupils, and were so willing to answer any questions we had whether it was about the firm, the LPC or the training contract.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

A highlight of the scheme for me was all the networking and social events. Everyday at the firm consisted of networking breakfasts, lunches and on most occasions, canapés and drinks in the evenings. Each of these included networking sessions with lawyers from different departments, allowing us to get to know more about each practice area not only from the presentations we attended, but also in a less formal environment over food and drinks.
Another great example of this is the 'Afternoon Tea' event that was held, where there were people at all stages of their career, including Vacation Scheme students, LPC students, Trainees and associates. The Graduate recruitment team were also there so we had the opportunity to ask about further opportunities at the firm and the structure of applications.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

My experience on Clifford Chance's First Year Springboard Scheme was amazing for contextualising the work of a commercial lawyer. Spending a week at the firm meant that I really got to know the firm, the people and get a great understanding of the culture.
I would recommend this insight to anyone wanting to find out more about a commercial firm with great international opportunities, and a diverse and friendly network of lawyers all passionate about the work that they do.