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SPARK Schemes 2020 - five day insight event

First year students (or second years on a four year course)

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Clifford Chance SPARK can lead you straight to a Training Contract. Secure your future early, so you can look ahead with confidence.

Clifford Chance London Grad: SPARK

Hear from Tyra, Adam and Ollie about their personal experiences of SPARK and where this has taken them.

The opportunity

Clifford Chance SPARK is our award-winning opportunity for exceptional first-year students. It's your chance to gain an insider's view into what a career in law can look like.

During the five-day paid scheme, you'll experience an intensive schedule of classroom-based activity, time spent shadowing lawyers in our practice areas, and a trip to one of our international offices so you can see the global network in practice. It'll be fast-paced, dynamic and packed full of exciting opportunities.

The content will include presentations on our practice areas, case studies, and seminars to develop your legal knowledge and commercial awareness.

There will be a variety of networking opportunities where you will meet representatives from all levels within the firm. You'll receive a £350 per week salary too.

After the scheme ends, the very best candidates are invited to apply for a place on a bespoke SPARK Training Contract assessment day. If you're successful in securing your Training Contract we'll match you up with a trainee buddy who will make sure that you’re connected with us throughout the rest of your time at university.

If you're an exceptional first-year student or in your second year in a four-year course and are set on a career in commercial law, then we want to hear from you.

Increasingly, we are looking to hire STEM students and graduates to join us as law is not what it used to be. New technology will shake up our sector and revolutionise it, as it has for most other major sectors of the economy. The speed of change will only get faster. That’s where you come in.

Dates to remember:

Scheme one - Runs on: 22-26 June 2020

Scheme two - Runs on: 13-17 July 2020

Aimed at: First-year students

Applications close: Midnight GMT, 12 December 2019

Assessments held: w/c 27 January 2020

Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test, two hour-long interviews, including a case study.

Please note that there is only one application link for both schemes. You will be asked on the application if there is a scheme that you cannot attend.


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Opportunity Overview

  • December 12th, 2019
  • £350 per week + benefits
  • All grades
  • Insight Events
  • Multiple UK Locations

Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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