trainee at Clifford Chance

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Commercial Law

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The insight was extremely enjoyable, there was a really good balance between informative presentations and great socials. I not only learnt an immense about the corporate world but I also made great friendships with others on the scheme. From going to Paris for the day to working through corporate cases - we were never bored.


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

The Graduate Recruitment Team went out of their way to look after us and ensure we enjoyed the scheme. Also, all the trainees and Associates I came across were genuinely interested in me and why I wanted to do law. We were made to feel extremely welcome.


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

Support was offered throughout the scheme - we had legal workshops, a public speaking workshop and multiple application skill workshops. In addition, we were allocated trainee buddies who answered all of our questions.


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

The skills I developed were extremely helpful, especially in terms of networking. I don't think the scheme will help with my degree, but will definitely be pivotal to my search for a career in law.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

I can't stress how meticulously planned the insight was. We had a jam packed schedule ensuring we got the most out of our week. We had legal workshops but also plenty of opportunities to talk to lawyers, whether at breakfast, lunch or at the social. Every day was rewarding and exciting.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere during the insight was consistently friendly and welcoming. I thought it might have been competitive but everyone I came across was not only friendly but supportive. The people I met at the firm went out of their way to make me feel welcome and I could not recommend it enough.


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

The firm invested so heavily in our own development - we had public speaking workshops and one to one career discussions. The whole week was tailored to make sure we had a great time.


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 had the opportunity to spend a day working in a department with our trainee buddie. This was extremely beneficial as it allowed me to see what a day in the life of a Clifford Chance lawyer is.


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

The insight not only explained the company culture but actually proved it. The collaborative and friendly nature of everyone I met proved that CC collegiate culture is extremely strong.


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

Extremely. We had an anonymous question and answer with the Partner and Associate allowing me to get a clear and realistic idea of what a life in law firm was like. Their frankness was illuminating. In addition spending a day in a department and carrying out tasks gave me an idea of what a trainee does.


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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?

So many. Every free moment was filled by a networking opportunity - every meal, every social. I can't even count how many people I met.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Extremely enjoyable, we went to the Breakfast Club, Gaucho and the theater - we really had the opportunity to not only bond with employees but with one another.


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

Briefly through quick discussions with employees.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

One hundred percent. The firm were so accommodating and I learnt an immense amount.