• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Insights given through daily partner-led talks usually accompanied by group projects and case study exercises to complete daily. Talks varied widely in nature, from practice area introductions (e.g. litigation) to affinity network presentations, well being events and (very fun) socials.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Thinking commercially, as trainees do, looking at problems more holistically (Antitrust exercise particularly useful for this!). I even developed better teamwork skills as well, the SPARK scheme did a great job at bringing us together formally and more informally, creating a genuinely collaborative stick-together ethos. Finally, I feel that I improved my networking skills, having met numerous very different people in a very short span of time.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • It was quite eye-opening and more authentic than, say, a website page or other talks. Lawyers and staff members at the firm were giving the true picture of their lives at Clifford Chance. A really nice selection of roles available, which for the trainee could involve a Tech or even Middle East specialization, as well as all the international opportunities for secondment, Pro Bono hours etc.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 4/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The most approachable of any firm. First and foremost, because the Graduate Recruitment team did its best to make the experience personable, friendly and collegiate. Lawyers at all levels of seniority wanted to speak with us and get to know the cohort, evidenced by a case study where SPARK schemers wrote their thoughts on the firm's values and code of conduct, to be reviewed by the Senior Global partner!

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • A very great deal, however sometimes stressful is that you don't want to seem over eager but know that participating is key in the learning and networking processes. My only regret is doing it all virtually, but this was organised as greatly as possible in light of the circumstances.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Clifford Chance
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Clifford Chance to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Clifford Chance
  • Be confidently and unapologetically yourself. Clifford Chance values authenticity and interesting personalities in its people, the work is centered around a community of members eager to work together. That 600 word question is key in your application, and if you get to interview, stand your intellectual ground because partners will tend to challenge your arguments. When assessed, it's okay not to know the law perfectly, but your way of thinking will be tested.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

Greater London

8th September 2021

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