Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe


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We are glad to announce the third edition of the Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe which aims at helping talented university students with diverse cultural and social economic backgrounds succeed in their early careers.
The Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe aims at improving ethnic diversity within the legal sector, at ensuring that our workforce better represent the background and cultural diversity across Continental Europe and increase inclusion in our law firm and in the legal sector in general.

The Scholarship:

Clifford Chance aims to grant three scholarships for the amount of Euro 10,000 each to deserving students from diverse ethnic, cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.

Application requirements: 

We are looking for a candidate who has the following requirements (the "Application Requirements"):

  • You are about to start the final two years of your law studies in a University in Spain, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy, and will graduate between 2024 and 2026;
  • You are majoring in business, commercial, finance and /or banking law;
  • You have a positive academic track record, in particular in the aforementioned courses (in your major);
  • You are committed to pursuing a career in an international business law firm;

How to apply

In order to apply and be considered for the Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe, you must submit: 

  • a curriculum vitae in English;
  • your most recent University transcript;
  • a motivational letter in English, specifying the following in three different paragraphs of max. 270 words each (total of max. 810 words):        
  1. Tell us about yourself, what you like to do, what motivates you and what your passions are;
  2. Tell us why you meet the requirements for this scholarship and why we should award it to you;
  3. Tell us how you intend to spend the scholarship. (eg to attend a summer school, to buy law school books, to follow a legal English course, etc.).
  • all the relevant documents required and necessary to support the aforementioned Application Requirements.

NB: Applications sent via email or post will not be considered. All applications must be submitted via the online portal. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the local Clifford Chance office.

Timings and deadlines: 

Applications will be accepted starting from 16th October 2023. The deadline for submitting applications will be 24th November 2023. The end of the selection process and the award of the Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe will be in March 2024.

Selection procedure:

The applications submitted will be first distributed to and evaluated by the local HR teams of the relevant jurisdiction where the applicant is based. All screening will take place once the deadline has passed. After being screened locally, the best applications of each jurisdiction will be forwarded to a European selection committee, which will identify three students to receive the scholarship. The applicants who were not successful in the award of the Clifford Chance Scholarship for Diverse Students in Europe will be notified by email in March 2024 of the status of their application, and they will be kept in consideration for exclusive events and initiatives organized by the relevant Clifford Chance offices. Applicants who are not in their final two years of study, or who do not meet the above criteria will be ineligible to be considered for the scholarship. The decision of the judging panel is final.

Company Description

We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

You’ll find our clients in commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s possible thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet.

Additional Information

At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.
We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.
Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more about our inclusive culture here.





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