Applications for our Bright Futures programme are now live. This programme is designed to offer first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students the opportunity to gain an insight into life at an international law firm.


At Clyde & Co, we strongly believe the legal sector should be accessible for all and should have as few barriers as possible. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that this year we’ll once again be running our Bright Futures programme - in collaboration with Bright Network.

Our weeklong Bright Futures programme is aimed at people from lower socioeconomic status groups who have not yet had an opportunity to gain commercial work experience. The purpose of this programme is to develop soft skills and prepare students for the world of work. They also have the opportunity to secure an offer on one of our vacation schemes the following year.


What to Expect

During your time on the Bright Futures programme, you can expect multiple opportunities that will help to develop your commercial mindset and ensure you’re ready to become a solicitor at a leading law firm. Some of these fantastic learning opportunities include:

  • Gain an insight into our core industry sectors including the likes of Marine, Aviation and Climate Change. This will be conducted via various trainee panels throughout the course of the programme.
  • Learn about how we help our clients achieve their commercial goals.

  • The opportunity to network with partners, associates, trainees, and the wider Early Careers team.
  • Come the end of the Bright Futures programme, you may be fast tracked on to one of our Vacation Schemes. This is entirely dependent on how you perform during the Assessment Centre on your final day. A bootcamp session will take place on the penultimate day of the programme which is designed to help set you up for success, and ensure you ace the assessment centre.
  • A salary of £450 for the week, as well as travel and accommodation expenses covered for those who require the additional support.

Programme structure

Here’s a rough breakdown of what you can expect to encounter during your time on the Bright Futures programme:

Days one and two: an opportunity to learn about the wider business, how Clyde & Co generates money, sectors that Clyde & Co operate within and lastly, the culture that you can expect to become part of as a first-year trainee. There will also be group projects and social events to welcome students and get to know each other.

Day three: an opportunity for you to dive deep into your strengths with a Learning and Development professional and understand how to maximise these.

Day four: as mentioned previously, the penultimate day of the Bright Futures programme will be a bootcamp specifically designed to provide you with knowledge of the assessments that you will experience the following day. This has been designed to provide an equity of understanding and set you up for success.

Day five: 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 nail 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 one of our Vacation Schemes the following year.



Aimed at first-year law students and penultimate year non-law students from lower socioeconomic status groups, this scheme is designed to give you your first taste into working life at an international law firm. Please note: students in Scotland studying an England and Wales qualifying law degree over 4 years 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’d be a good fit for Clyde & Co.
  • Please note we will be using RARE – a contextual recruitment system that has been built with fairness and equality front of mind.

Next steps and key dates

You’ll need to complete an online application by March 6, 2023.

If you’re successful during the initial screening process then you’ll be invited to complete our Digital Simulation - consisting of a situational assessment and video interview.

Following the screening, depending on your performance you may be invited to attend a Strengths Based Microsoft Teams Interview.

Finally, we will provide everyone who has attended an interview feedback and, for those successful offers onto the programme.

The programme will officially begin on Monday, July 10 and end on Friday, July 14, 2023.

Ismail Usman
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"The Bright Futures programme is an insight into inspiration and motivation. It opened my eyes to a wonderful world of talented, kind and intellectual lawyers, all of whom showed me the endless possibilities of my own potential. What began as a mysterious and daunting step into an opaque legal world; ended with a smile made of wonderful memories, new friendships and a newfound ambition built on inspiration."

Ismail Usman
Trainee Solicitor

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