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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
8th September 2021