15 Clifford Chance vacation scheme places to be won

Clifford Chance has launched its third Intelligent Aid competition, offering 15 winning students places on its 2013 vacation scheme.

Inspired by the firm’s work in climate change and renewable energy, the firm is asking: “What do you think are the most successful ways in which governments can ensure emission reduction targets are achieved?”.

Entries may be up to 250 words in length and will be judged on creativity, initiative and business acumen, not legal expertise.

They should be submitted via the competition website www.cliffordchance.com/intelligentaid from the 15 November until 7 December 2012.

The competition is open to all UK university students, including postgraduate students, and the top 40 entries will be invited to the Intelligent Aid Final Day on 11th January 2013 to work in teams on a case study relating to renewable energy. This work will be judged by a panel of partners and external experts.

The top 15 performers will each be given a place on the vacation scheme in 2013; the winning team members will each be given an iPad; and the overall best performer will also win an all-expenses paid 3 night trip for two to Rio de Janeiro.

The winner will also be given the chance to select a charity from Clifford Chance’s approved list to receive a £1,000 donation.

Announcing the competition, Jeremy Connick, partner and co-head of the firm’s renewable energy group, explained: “This is an opportunity for students to think about what we require lawyers to do, which is not just to answer a legal question but to think about the bigger picture, how it can affect our clients and how we can apply our skill and knowledge to support our clients’ goals.”