Springboarder at Clifford Chance

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

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About You

Role Description

One week insight scheme.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

Everyday was meticulously planned without being regimented and was full of exciting and informative activities. We were treated exceptionally well throughout the week with various fun socials and good entertainment.


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

Every member of staff at the firm was willing to talk to us and on many occasions would make the first step in trying to communicate with us. Before, during and after the scheme I was always aware that I could ask someone if I was unsure about something.


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

People were always on hand to help us and we were kept well informed about proceddings throughout the scheme. The talks we had were highly insightful and contained information that was consistently useful throughout the week.


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

Having to speak to so many people and think about problems quickly and effictively has increased my confidence when networking and talking to people with whom I have never met. The analysis used throughout the scheme has also been useful when tackling problems during my degree. Despite this. the week was more about learning about the firm and putting learned skills into practice, rather than overtly trying to cultivate new ones.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Everyday was planned to the hour and ran very smoothly. There were no periods of waiting around and all the talks were relevant, there weren't any that seemed to be time fillers.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

There was a friendly and convivial atmosphere throughout the scheme. Students and staff were all outgoing and willing to converse. This contributed to a relaxed but focused atmosphere generally.


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

The firm was always willing to help us improve and develop skills, during and before the scheme.


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 met various people at different levels in the firm throughout the scheme who all gave their insights on what day to day life was like as a full time staff member. Thus I feel that I gained a very large idea of what the firm was like to work at, within the time constraints of a week.


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

Meeting such a diverse section of lawyers meant that I got a fairly good perception of what values and attitudes were shared by all employees and the firm generally.


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

The content we were shown was usually very candid and neutral, I never felt that firm advertising was being forced upon me. It was thus fairly easy to get facts and information about the firm, as well as establishing the culture of the firm.


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

More than adequately. I would have done the scheme on expenses only and still have felt that it was really good experience.

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

There were structured networking events every day, on top of the already large amount of oppurtunities to meet people from the firm.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Every social event was really fun and well planned, I enjoyed that lawyers came on them along with students.


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

Yes. Lawyers often spoke about what they do outside formal work and pointed us in the right direction to read the full list of things one can do.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

For anyone interested in commercial law, or even someone who is unsure but wants clarification, this scheme was highly insightful and useful in establishing what a career in law looks like.