Intelligent Aid 2015/2016
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Win a place on the fantastic Clifford Chance vacation scheme by answering one question.


Challenge details

Intelligent Aid is the competition that asks big questions about the modern world – and your answer could get your commercial law career off to a flying start. Clifford Chance is offering you the unique opportunity to bypass the traditional route of online applications and assessment days, to win a place on their prestigious vacation scheme.

To enter, all you have to do is write a 600-word essay answer to the above question and then submit it via the firm’s website before 21st February 2016.

The challenge is open to all undergraduates and post graduates students, irrespective of the degree subject that you are studying. What’s most important is your display of intellect, creativity and understanding of the topic – and your ability to write with impact!

The Big Question

Ethics in Business: Ethical business culture can only be created by strong regulation. Discuss with reference to one or more industry sectors. (600 words max.)

The concept of business ethics applies to all aspects of business conduct and is relevant to the conduct of individuals and entire organisations. In the wake of the financial crisis, culture and ethics have emerged as key themes for regulators, enforcement authorities and courts as they seek to promote systemic change. Senior individuals are increasingly held to account and the calls for criminalisation of both institutions and individuals spreading around the globe.

You could approach the question from a number of different perspectives, whether your interests lie in history, economics, current affairs or legal theory. This challenge demands the kind of enthusiasm, curiosity and intellectual edge that’ll make you successful as a lawyer with Clifford Chance.

Whatever approach you choose to take, this topic is one that has been at the heart of much controversy and debate and Clifford Chance are very much looking forward to reading your submission!

We're hosting workshops at...

City University: 26th Jan

Swansea Uni: 28th Jan

Kent University: 3rd Feb 


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How To Enter


When can I submit my entry?

The competition opens on 1st October 2015 and closes at midnight on 21st February 2016.

Submit your entry via the Clifford Chance Intelligent Aid webpage here 

You do not need to fill out the form below. 

Good Luck!

The Prizes

Intelligent Aid demands the kind of enthusiasm, curiosity and intellectual edge that’ll make you successful as a lawyer with Clifford Chance. That’s why the 40 best entrants will be invited to attend the final taking place on 13th and 14th April 2015. The top 20 entrants will win a place on the vacation scheme – bypassing the standard application process with the sheer quality of their thinking. The overall winner will be awarded £5,000 towards their University fees.


Download hints and tips on this year's question here!