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Bright Futures Programme

Our two bright futures programmes aim to support groups currently under-represented in the legal sector by giving them an opportunity to gain insight into life at an international law firm.

Bright Futures Programmes

Our two bright futures programmes aim to support groups currently under-represented in the legal sector by giving them an opportunity to gain insight into life at an international law firm. On this five day programme you’ll get insight into how we help our clients achieve their commercial goals, work with experienced lawyers and have the opportunity to progress onto our summer vacation scheme. And we’ll pay you a salary for the week, plus travel and accommodation expenses.

We are currently closed for applications but please join our Talent Community to hear about when roles go live.

 

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Programme Structure

Our bright futures programme is five days long, so you’ll need to be able to commit to that amount of time. Here’s a summary of what you can expect to encounter during your time on our bright futures programmes:

Day one: Virtual

On the first day you’ll learn about the firm from a partner, gain tips from previous bright futures alumni and participate in development sessions to prepare you for the in-office days. The Access programme and Black Talent programme will have some additional sessions.

Day two: Office

You’ll experience the culture here the same as you would if you were a first year trainee. You’ll join networking sessions and hear from our D&I (Diversity & Inclusion) team. There will also be a group project and a social event to introduce you to other people on the programme.

Day three: Office

On day three, you’ll take a dive deep into your strengths with a learning and development professional to understand how to maximise your best qualities.

Day four: Office

For the first half of day four, you’ll get to see the lawyers in action. You’ll shadow a trainee so you can see first-hand their workload. And you’ll meet their wider team to learn about that practice group. In the afternoon, you will receive preparation sessions from the early careers team with full details of the assessments you will be part of the following day.

Day five: Virtual

The assessment centre. This will consist of various tasks such as group exercises, one-to-one interviews and a role-play exercise. By the end of day four, you’ll be prepared and best equipped to ace the assessment centre, so please don’t worry about this stage too much. We want to set you up for success with the aim that you secure an offer for our vacation scheme the following year.

Let's take it step by step

Our strengths-based recruitment process is based on fairness and equity. It’s designed to help us identify what motivates you to work at a city law firm, over your learnt experiences, and helps you show us the most authentic version of yourself. Here’s how it works:

Applications open

For all programmes, you’ll need to make your application online via our online application system. At this stage you’ll just need to complete your basic personal information. No lengthy written tasks for you to complete here.

Digital simulation

Following your online application, you will be invited to complete our digital simulation. It’s an assessment you can complete in your own time and space. It contains a variety of questions with responses being a mix between written and video. They’re designed to present you with some of the challenges you can expect to face at Clyde & Co. Some questions will try to understand your motivations behind your application. It’s about as realistic as it gets. For more advice and tips on how to approach this stage, visit the learning hub.

Virtual interview

This is the final stage of the process. Here we are assessing candidates based on the strengths that will deliver success in a role.

Offer

Our favourite part – the offer. We’ll call you to let you know if you’ve been successful, if you’re not, we’ll offer you some feedback for your development.

Eligibility

This programme is for first-year law and penultimate-year non-law students.
Please note: law students on a four-year course should apply in their second year.

Candidates must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You should have been eligible for free school meals between the ages of 11-16.
  • Have grown up in a household where no parent/guardian had attended university.
  • Have another form of social disadvantage.
  • You do NOT need to have previous law experience, but you should be on track for a 2:1 degree, be commercially minded and able to tell us why you think you would be a good fit for Clyde & Co.
  • Please note we will be using Rare’s contextual recruitment system, built with fairness and equality. We also take into account any mitigating circumstances.

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Candidates must be of black heritage background (this includes mixed black heritage).

If you are eligible for Access and Black Talent, please apply for our Black Talent programme. We can only consider ONE application.

You do NOT need to have previous law experience, but you should be on track for a 2:1 degree, be commercially minded and able to tell us why you think you would be a good fit for Clyde & Co.

Please note we will be using Rare’s contextual recruitment system, built with fairness and equality. We also take into account any mitigating circumstances.

Register your interest

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