Clifford Chance becomes Access and Widening Participation Partner

Clifford Chance becomes Access and Widening Participation Partner

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International Law firm, Clifford Chance has become a Partner in the Faculty of Law’s Access and Widening Participation scheme

The scheme is part of the Faculty’s commitment to encouraging talented students, especially those from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, to consider studying Law at university and provide applicants to Cambridge with the tools needed to make a strong application. The programme also aims to increase access to legal career opportunities for mature students and career-changers. 

The support of partners such as Clifford Chance is essential to the success of the Faculty’s access and widening participation initiatives, which include school outreach programmes, open day bursary schemes and funded places at the Cambridge Sixth Form Law Conference.

We are delighted to be partnering with Clifford Chance in this initiative. The Faculty of Law and Clifford Chance share a commitment to ensuring that opportunities to study and practise Law at the highest level are open to individuals of ability and potential, irrespective of their social or educational background. The investment in our Access and Widening Participation Programme that is made possible by the support of partners such as Clifford Chance enables the Faculty to advance its long-standing commitment to access and widening participation, and to build on its substantial work and achievements in this area in recent years.

Professor Mark Elliott, Chair of the Faculty

By enhancing access to the Faculty’s outstanding programmes of legal study and, more broadly, to the legal profession — the Faculty and its partners hope to be instrumental in shaping the future of university students across the country and the legal profession so that it more accurately reflects the diversity of our society, both ethnically and socially.

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Bates, Regional Managing Partner at Clifford Chance, said:  

"Access to Law as a profession is unfortunately not always the level playing field we aspire for it to be — proactive interventions to create equality of opportunity are extremely important and we are delighted to be partnering with The Faculty of Law and investing in its Access and Widening Participation Programme. We've seen from our own bespoke development programmes, such as Clifford Chance ACCESS, that focused investment and resources can help break down the barriers that many students face accessing the profession, and our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace continues to be a priority for the firm."

Clifford Chance joins the Faculty’s existing Access and Widening Participation Partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Hogan Lovells, and Maitland Chambers, which also support the scheme. 

Full information about the Faculty’s access and outreach activities can be found in the on the Faculty's website.

To learn more about supporting the Faculty of Law, please contact: 

Clare Gordon

Associate Director — Humanities and Social Sciences

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