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Are you the Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action?

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding Undergraduate of the Year for Impactful Social Action. We are looking for somebody who is passionate about driving social change and can tell us what they are personally doing to make a difference.

Applications for the awards are now closed.


Either a place on Clifford Chance’s SPARK scheme or a one-week internship within its corporate social responsibility and pro bono team, depending on your interests. Upon completing your work experience, you will also be invited to attend the 2020 One Young World summit in Munich as part of the Clifford Chance delegate team and will receive £500 towards further driving your social impact initiative.


We are delighted to introduce the 2020 finalists for this award.

Adila Darego | University of Leicester | Law

Andriy Zapotichny | Cardiff University | Business Economics

Danielle Watts | University of Oxford | Jurisprudence

George Rosenfeld | University of Cambridge | Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and Politics

Howard Blackbee | University of Nottingham | Economics

Michael Bryan | London School of Economics and Political Science | History and International Relations with Russian

Nicole Pearson | University College London | Law

Sadaf Moosvi | SOAS University of London | Politics and International Relations

Tiara Sahar Ataii | University of Cambridge | Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Tsemaye Uwejamomere | University of Cambridge | Engineering

What makes an award winner?

Our award winner will have used their initiative to develop and drive a project that creates a positive difference for others and will be able to demonstrate how this has led to sustainable social change. We would like to hear about the scale and breadth of your initiative and the skills you have developed. Your initiative(s) may fall within one or more of the following three areas:

  • Access to justice: you will have helped to support the upholding of the rule of law through widening access to justice for those who are disadvantaged and without a legal voice.
  • Access to education: you will have assisted people without access to education to develop their knowledge and skills and/or improve their job prospects.
  • Access to finance: finance is vital to the future sustainability of our communities. You will have identified, created or linked up resources to widen access to finance.

If your initiative falls within a different area, for instance access to healthcare or environmental sustainability, we would still like to hear from you.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer three questions set by Clifford Chance and One Young World.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit two online tests designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Submit by 31.01.20

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 31 January 2020.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 21 February 2020.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Clifford Chance.

This stage will include the Watson Glaser test and an assessment centre featuring presentations, case studies and interviews.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 4 September 2020 at Canary Wharf, where the award winners will be announced!

Clifford Chance and the Undergraduate of the Year Award for Impactful Social Action

We are one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with a significant depth and range of resources across five continents and we are always striving to exceed our clients' expectations. These expectations are no longer limited to legal advice – they have broadened to encompass guidance around how to deal with business critical issues and how to operate ethically. More and more, corporates are stepping into the gap left by governments in tackling social, environmental and ethical issues. As a global law firm, we can play a unique role in helping our clients to shape their responsible business strategies.

Just as importantly, we are morally obligated to support the communities where we do business. We do this by collaborating with clients, NGOs and charities to deliver services that widen access to justice, education and finance. We've set ourselves an ambitious target of helping 100,000 people a year. To view our varied programme of community and pro bono activities, have a look here.

Part of our commitment includes supporting young talent in acting as change agents. That's why we send delegates to One Young World as part of our early talent strategy. It's also why our future trainees can apply for funding to support with volunteering or any community-related initiatives that they are developing before they join our firm. And it's why we are a founding sponsor of Unlocked Graduates, which aims to reduce reoffending rates among prisoners by introducing fresh young talent into the prison officer population.

We hope that in sponsoring the Social Impact Award, we will be able to not only identify future leaders but also to support these individuals in the initiatives that they are driving to create a positive impact.

Life with us doesn’t mean joining just another corporate law firm. We’re big, with prestigious clients, but we’re also down to earth. We’ll give you the training you need to find your feet, but also the responsibility you need to tackle complex work quickly. You’ll get exposure to the highest profile work but our culture is anything but elitist. Here, what counts is your potential – not what or where you’ve studied.

One Young World

One Young World (OYW) is a global forum that identifies, promotes and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world with more responsible, effective leadership.

The annual OYW Summit convenes the brightest young talent from every country and sector, working to accelerate social impact. Delegates from 190+ countries are counselled by influential political, business and humanitarian leaders. At the end of the summit, delegates become One Young World Ambassadors. They return to their communities and organisations with the means and motivation to make a difference, accessing the global network of 10,000+ young leaders to accelerate existing initiatives or establish new ventures.

Attending the OYW Summit is an amazing opportunity to access a network and platform that will empower you to further develop your initiative.

OYW is an important part of Clifford Chance's early talent strategy and we are proud to continue to send a delegate team each year.

Entry criteria

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