Intelligent AID

Intelligent Aid
Intelligent Aid

Find out more about our unique Intelligent Aid competition and vacation scheme.

Intelligent Aid

Welcome to the competition that could get your career off to a flying start in commercial law. The competition that asks big questions about the modern world. The competition that gives you the chance to impress us with the sheer quality of your thinking.

Intelligent Aid demands the kind of enthusiasm, curiosity and intellectual edge that will make you successful as a lawyer with Clifford Chance. That’s why the top 20 entrants will win a place on our vacation scheme – bypassing the standard application process. One overall winner will also receive £5,000 towards their university fees.

It’s open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK. Past winners have gone on to start a Training Contract with us. It could be your first step towards joining us, too.

 

Competition outline

The basis of Intelligent Aid is simple. We ask you to answer a topical question in 500 words. We want you to demonstrate your intelligence, your ability to structure convincing arguments and your appreciation of practicalities.

40 shortlisted finalists will be invited to a Finals day at our offices in Canary Wharf, London. The 20 students who stand out at the Final will be offered a place on our vacation scheme.

One overall winner will receive £5,000 towards their university fees. They’ll also be asked to choose a charity from our approved list to receive a £1,000 donation.

The Topic

We’ve been running this award-winning scheme since 2010 and it gets bigger and better every time. This year, as always, the question is highly topical. We are inviting you to consider the kind of issues that are exercising our minds every day.

This year, it is all about the Growth Economies

These economies present exciting business opportunities. They’re also changing the face – and dictating the pace – of globalisation. Within the last decade, the aggregate GDP of the BRIC economies – namely Brazil, Russia, India and China – has quadrupled from around US$3 trillion to $12 trillion. More than a dozen African countries have also expanded by more than 6% a year for six or more years.

Clifford Chance is at the forefront of these developments and a recognised leader in these markets. We are the IFLR Asia 2013 International Law Firm of the Year, the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2013 China and China: M&A Law Firm of the Year, and the Chambers Europe Awards 2013 Russia Law Firm of the Year. The firm also has long established groups focusing on Africa and on India. A Clifford Chance São Paulo-led team recently received an award from The American Lawyer for advising TAM S.A. on its combination with LAN Airlines to form LATAM Airlines.

The Competition Question

Economic growth in markets like China, Africa, Russia and Latin America continues to present new opportunities. How should leading international law firms be adapting their strategies in light of this growth? You can base your answer on specific geographies and sectors.

Please give us your answer in 500 words.

You can submit your answer after 4th November 2013 and before the final deadline of 31st January 2014.

If you’re one of the top 40 entrants, we’ll invite you to the Intelligent Aid Final Day on 5th March 2014. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful by 19th February 2014. In the Final, you’ll join a team of other finalists to tackle a challenging case study relating to Growth Economies. It’s a further opportunity for you to impress us with your innovative thinking and persuasive arguments. You’ll present your solutions to a judging panel of partners and external experts. On the day, they’ll select the 20 students who will join the vacation scheme and the overall winner.

Find out more

You can find out more about Intelligent Aid by coming to one of our events. Check out our calendar to find out when we’ll be at your University.

 

Prizes

Intelligent Aid offers you a unique opportunity to win a place on a two-week Vacation Scheme. If you’re one of the 20 winners, you’ll be part of an elite group. You will gain insights into our work, our clients and our culture. You’ll have unprecedented access to some of our most senior partners. You’ll also be paid £350 per week. Most importantly, you could be on the path to a Training Contract with us.

The Vacation Scheme takes place from 4th-15th August 2014

If you’re one of the top 40 entrants, you’ll be invited to the Intelligent Aid Final Day on 5th March 2014. Here you’ll be split into teams to tackle a challenging case study relating to Growth Economies. You’ll need to impress a judging panel of partners and external experts with the power of your ideas.

One overall winner will receive £5,000 towards their university fees. They’ll also be asked to choose a charity from our approved list to receive a £1,000 donation.

 
 

Terms and Conditions

The closing date for the competition is 31st January 2014 at 23:59 GMT.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students currently studying at a UK university.

One entry per person. Entries must be submitted via the online application form.

The top 40 entrants will be invited to the Intelligent Aid Final Day at Clifford Chance head office, 10 Upper Bank Street, London E14 5JJ on 5th March 2014. Prizes will be awarded on the same day. The judges' decision is final.

Finalists will be notified by 23.59 GMT on 19th February 2014.

Finalists are entitled to return travel expenses to London up to £150 each.

20 winners will be chosen at the Finals day to receive a place on a Vacation Scheme to run from 5th to 14th August 2014.

The best overall individual finalist will receive £5,000 towards his or her university fees and will be asked to select a charity from Clifford Chance’s approved list of charities to receive a £1000 donation. The selection of this charity must take place between 6th March and the 6th April 2014.

Prizes are non-transferable and are only open to the winners.

By entering this competition the entrant will be deemed to have read and understood these rules and to be bound by them.

The competition is governed by English Law and any matters relating to the competition will be resolved under English Law.

No responsibility will be accepted for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, for any computer, telephone, cable, network, electronic or internet hardware or software malfunctions, failures, connections, availability, for the acts or omissions of any service provider, internet, accessibility or availability or for traffic congestion or unauthorised human act.

 

Submit entry

You can enter our Intelligent Aid competition here from 4th November until 31st January 2014.

 
 
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Will Green - Will was overall winner or Intelligent Aid, 2010-11, He started his Training Contract with us in August 2013.

 
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Stephanie Effiom - Stephanie's creative ideas on trade or aid in Africa made her the overall Intelligent Aid winner in 2011-12

 
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Rob Natzler - Emissions targets and renewable energy were the focus of Intelligent Aid in 2012-13, when Rob was the overall winner.

 
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Intelligent Aid

Intelligent Aid gives you the chance to bypass the usual application process and win a place on a Clifford Chance vacation scheme. Find out more about what we’re looking for and how some of last year’s winners got on.