BRIGHT FUTURES PROGRAMME

Our Bright Futures programme is a nine month programme which offers first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students the opportunity to gain an insight into life at an international law firm. It is aimed at candidates who are from lower socioeconomic status groups looking for their first taste of life in a large commercial law firm.

YOUR INTRODUCTION INTO LAW

This is an opportunity to spend a week in one of our world-renowned departments and to shadow one of our experienced lawyers, as well as receiving nine months of ongoing mentoring throughout the academic year. You’ll be able to get experience one of our complex legal transactions, develop an understanding of our core industry sectors and learn how we help our clients to achieve their commercial objectives.


 

What to Expect

  • A week's work experience in one of our world-renowned departments at our London offices
  • Gain an insight into our core industry sectors
  • Learn about how we help our clients achieve their commercial goals
  • Build your relationship with Clyde & Co – you’ll have access to ongoing mentoring and engagement sessions
  • Be exposed to real work and observe legal transactions
  • Network with partners, trainees and the early careers team
  • Impress us and you could be fast-tracked on to one of our vacation scheme assessment centres
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Bright Futures Programme

Get to know more about the Bright Futures Programme and how it gives early and empowering insight to first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students.

HOW WE'LL SUPPORT YOU

Part of this programme is about giving you exposure to the work we carry out day-in and day-out. But we also want to give you the support and guidance you’ll need to embark on a career with us. So over nine months you will have a trainee buddy and associate mentor. They’ll be on hand across the programme to answer any questions you have and provide ongoing mentoring. You’ll also be invited back to the firm over the year to further develop your skills and attend career development workshops and networking events. The aim is to put you in the best position possible when it comes to applying for vacation schemes the following year.


 

HOW TO APPLY

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.

This nine-month programme is aimed at people from lower socioeconomic status groups who've not yet had an opportunity to gain commercial work experience. 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, or have experience of another form of social disadvantage. And just to let you know, we will also use RARE – a contextual recruitment system that’s been built with fairness and equality front of mind.

You don’t need to have previous legal experience, but you should be on track for a 2:1 degree and definitely be commercially-minded and able to tell us why you think you’d be a good fit here.

You’ll need to make your application online between 27 October 2021 and 02 January 2022. We’ll ask you to fill in your personal details, tell us about any previous work experience and answer a number of questions about why you’d like to join our firm, and this programme in particular. We’ll also want to know about your commercial awareness.

You don’t need to have any previous legal experience – this is more about us finding out about your skills and potential. We use RARE contextual recruitment which helps us to look at your achievements in context and ensures we get the broadest possible mix of attendees. Please make sure you’ve checked the programme criteria before making your application.

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll have a telephone interview between 10 January 2022 and 12 January 2022. It’ll last for about 35 to 40 minutes and will be focused on why you’d like to work in law as well as on your skills and achievements so far.

This nine-month programme is aimed at people from lower socioeconomic status groups who've not yet had an opportunity to gain commercial work experience. 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, or have experience of another form of social disadvantage. And just to let you know, we will also use RARE – a contextual recruitment system that’s been built with fairness and equality front of mind.

You don’t need to have previous legal experience, but you should be on track for a 2:1 degree and definitely be commercially-minded and able to tell us why you think you’d be a good fit here.

You’ll need to make your application online between 27 October 2021 and 02 January 2022. We’ll ask you to fill in your personal details, tell us about any previous work experience and answer a number of questions about why you’d like to join our firm, and this programme in particular. We’ll also want to know about your commercial awareness.

You don’t need to have any previous legal experience – this is more about us finding out about your skills and potential. We use RARE contextual recruitment which helps us to look at your achievements in context and ensures we get the broadest possible mix of attendees. Please make sure you’ve checked the programme criteria before making your application.

If you’re shortlisted, you’ll have a telephone interview between 10 January 2022 and 12 January 2022. It’ll last for about 35 to 40 minutes and will be focused on why you’d like to work in law as well as on your skills and achievements so far.

Ish 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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"I partook in the Bright Futures Programme in 2017, from which I have had continual guidance and support, leading up to my training contract which is due to commence in 2021. Bright Futures was my first insight into the world of commercial law, and the programme successfully combined both ‘vac scheme style’ work experience in set departments, alongside leading specific sessions which taught us about things such as life at Clyde & Co, and key tips in how to become a successful lawyer. I was lucky enough to also attend the Court of Justice and the Royal Chambers with my department! After the scheme we were invited to numerous re-engagement days over the next year, alongside being partnered with trainee buddies, which was fantastic to have the professional support and guidance throughout university. I couldn’t recommend the scheme more to all students!"

Emma Barden
Trainee Solicitor

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