Vacation Scheme 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

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at Clifford Chance on the vacation scheme. There was a great balance between desk work, presentations, networking opportunities, and social events. Everyone that I had the pleasure of working with was incredibly friendly and supportive, giving up their vital time to speak me. Overall, a very enjoyable and valuable experience.


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

I felt well valued throughout my time at Clifford Chance. I was given tasks that genuinely needed to be completed for a client, therefore my team was appreciative of the work I was completing. My trainee buddy regularly emailed me to check how I was getting on, and most people in my department stopped by to say hello on my first day which immediately made me feel welcome!


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

I always felt well-supported on this vacation scheme, with a good system of support at Clifford Chance. Team members would happily give up their time to explain work to me and I never felt like a burden when I was asking questions or needing support. The junior associates were particularly useful in giving good advice and career guidance.


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

As I am studying law at university, it was really beneficial to see how the theoretical and academic work is put into practical application. The new skills and knowledge that I developed, therefore, will be useful upon my return to university. Furthermore, I developed an array of transferable skills, such as communication and presentation skills that will benefit me in any future career.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The vacation scheme was very well structured. On the first morning, we were provided with a timetable of all activities that were planned for the duration of our time at Clifford Chance. Our supervisors were well prepared for our arrival and ensured that we always knew what we were doing.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Despite my initial reservations about the atmosphere, it could have been more different to what I had imagined! There was a great atmosphere and I found the environment at Clifford Chance to be very open and engaging. The Graduate Recruitment Team could not be more welcoming and immediately made us feel at ease.


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

I felt that Clifford Chance really invested in myself and the other participants on this vacation scheme. The first day was dedicated to a thorough induction session which also gave us the opportunity to find out about different departments. Throughout the scheme, we also had sessions focused on our development. During my time spent with my team, I also felt that they very much invested in my development, providing extensive feedback on all my work.


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?

The vacation scheme is an insightful way of understanding of what it is like to have a full-time role at Clifford Chance. We had the opportunity to meet with staff at all levels of the firm, and we were actively encouraged to ask them questions about their individuals roles and what the work-life balance is like.


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

The vacation scheme at Clifford Chance provided a great opportunity to find out more about the culture at the firm. During the induction sessions, we had a presentation on the culture at Clifford Chance, which focused on the values of the firm. We learnt more about the firm’s commitment to pro-bono work as well as its commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.


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

This vacation scheme was extremely useful for helping me to determine my future career path as it gave a comprehensive insight into what working as a lawyer in an international firm is like. As we were doing much of the work that junior associates do, I could really determine whether my skills fit this area of law.


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

I was generously paid during my time at Clifford Chance.

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

On this vacation scheme at Clifford Chance, there were numerous opportunities to network and socialise. We had the opportunity to network with junior associate right through to senior managing partners, who were more than happy to answer our questions and provide guidance! Networking sessions included breakfast sessions and a formal dinner.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

The networking and social events at Clifford Chance were really enjoyable!


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

Yes, I found out about different activities that CC employees can get involved in.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would absolutely recommend this vacation scheme to a friend.