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LIFT Insight Weeks

LIFT provides fair access to experience in the corporate sector by opening the door a little wider. If you’ve not been successful with our early careers programmes, or you’re not meeting the eligibility requirements for legal schemes, our LIFT insight weeks might be for you.

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


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LIFT insight weeks

We know the legal profession benefits from diverse voices. We also know how difficult it can be to get a foot in the door. We want to change this.

LIFT insight weeks are a paid five day hybrid programme during which you’ll gain an insight into a career in law, exposure to business services, build confidence in a professional setting and establish professional networks.

These skills development programmes are open to anyone 18 years or older, no longer in compulsory education and from lower socio-economic backgrounds via the Social Mobility programme and of Black Heritage via the Black Heritage programme.

LIFT insight sessions 

To help you prepare for the LIFT programme, we run a 1.5 hour insight session. Here, you’ll learn more about the application process and what to expect from a LIFT insight week.

For any questions please email

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Am I Eligible?

Please apply to one of the below.

For both programmes, applicants must be age 18 years or older and no longer in a compulsory year of education (this includes secondary school, high school or sixth form college or studying A Levels, Scottish Highers, technical or vocational qualifications or equivalent).

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Programme dates: 8 – 12 July 2024

Applications open: 5 February 2024

Applications close: 24 March 2024

You also need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • You were eligible for free school meals (you do not have to have received them).
  • Your household income was lower than roughly £21,000 when you were about aged 14.
  • You grew up in a household where no parent/guardian had attended university or higher education (you are still eligible if your parents/guardians went to university as a mature student, and if a sibling went to university).
  • The occupation of your highest-paid parent or guardian when you were about aged 14 was:
    technical and craft occupations (e.g motor mechanic, plumber, printer, electrician, gardener, train driver) or
    routine, semi-routine manual and service occupations (e.g. postal worker, machine operative, security guard, caretaker, farm worker, catering assistant, sales assistant, HGV driver, cleaner, porter, waiter/waitress) or unemployed.
  • You spent time in local authority care.
  • You are or have been a carer.
  • You had refugee or asylum seeker status as a child.
  • You have experienced homelessness.
  • You consider yourself to be from a lower socio-economic background.

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Programme dates: 15 – 19 July 2024

Applications open: 5 February 2024

Applications close: 24 March 2024

To be eligible you must be of Black Heritage. By Black Heritage, we mean people who might identify as Black, African, Caribbean, Black British or Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups: Black African/Caribbean/British and one or more other ethnicities.

For those eligible for both programmes, please apply to LIFT Black Heritage only.

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Programme Details

The programme consists of two days in-person in an office across the UK and three days virtually, during which you will have access to panel sessions, skills development workshops and networking opportunities.

You’ll be given consistent support and guidance throughout the week, alongside a mentor, who will continue to support you with your personal development after the insight week.

Paid £500 for the week*

No minimum grade requirements

Laptops, keyboards, wifi dongles, and any further tech supplied, if required

All travel expenses covered for the in-person days

One year of mentoring

Accommodation will be sourced for the in-person days, if required

*£500 – tax implications may affect the total amount paid. For further advice see the website

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 for this programme:

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Fill out an application form and answer a few motivational questions. No lengthy written tasks for you to complete here. We’re interested to know what excites you about this opportunity, we’re not looking for grades or experience.


Once we have reviewed your application, we’ll let you know if you have been successful and what the next steps will be. If you’re unsuccessful, don’t be disheartened, we’ll give you options you can look at to continue your career pursuit.

Application tips

We’re looking for engaged individuals, excited for an opportunity to learn about Clyde & Co and the wider legal/commercial sector. In the questions section, we want to hear what you think! We already know what generative AI tools like ChatGPT think. Deeply considered, personalised responses score best in this application.

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