Clifford Chance

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Clifford Chance is committed to widening access to the legal profession.

We were the first law firm to adopt diversity recruitment group Rare's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS), which enables us to identify stand out candidates by considering grades in the context of a candidate's schooling and background. Following the introduction of the CRS in London, the office employs more candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are part of an alliance of UK law firms supporting the PRIME programme, which aims to broaden access to careers in law. We have committed to providing up to 60 week-long work experience places to young people from less-privileged backgrounds, offering them insight into the range of careers available. Students take part in a business challenge, meet with a barrister, hear from in-house lawyers, take part in skills sessions and mock interviews, and network with trainees.

Many of our people dedicate their time to mentoring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, people from across the firm are involved in mentoring programmes, initiatives to give students from less privileged backgrounds the opportunity to experience a law firm environment, sponsoring and running specific events to give students a real-life exposure to legal skills, such as moot courts and mock trials.