Clifford Chance has created a scholarship aimed at law students in Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands to encourage the attraction of diverse talent. The initiative is part of the program Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage (REACH), and is part of its strategic plan focused on improving inclusion and encouraging the Clifford Chance team to represent social and economic diversity in Europe.
The scholarship, whose amount is 10,000 euros for each winning candidate and will be awarded annually, is addressed to college students with a diverse cultural or socioeconomic backgroundwho are in the last two years of their law studies, and are interested in a career in a law firm.
In this first call, has been awarded to three students in Spain, the Netherlands and France. In awarding the scholarship, the firm has been especially interested in those candidates who were the first generation of university students in their families. This scholarship is not a temporary aid, but rather aims to create a lasting bond with the candidates -even if it is not awarded- to build a pool of diverse talent with which to collaborate in the future.
Samir Azzouzi partner of the M&A/Corporate area, and active member of our REACH network, comments: “We are pleased to announce that Mimouna El Beghdadi Maaroufi, a student at Esade Law School, has been the winner in Spain of this first edition. We hope that with this contribution we can help her access more opportunities as part of her academic career development to achieve her professional goals and that her example will inspire many other students to apply for this scholarship in the next call».
Mimouna El Beghdadi Maaroufishare: «The recognition that this scholarship represents is a personal achievement, as well as an opportunity. Thanks to her, I am going to finance my exchange in Paris, in collaboration with Esade, continuing my training until I start my career in law firms like Clifford Chance.»
Jorge CastiñeiraDirector of the Degree in Law and Double Degree BBA and Law at Esade Law School, continues speaking about Esade’s policy in this regard: “Diversity and inclusion are essential principles for Esade. As a business school, we know that talent can manifest itself in many ways. For this reason, this scholarship that Clifford Chance has awarded to one of our students is so important to us, recognizing her talent and career, both personal and academic. ”
The next edition of the scholarship for students in Europe for the promotion of diversity will be convened in autumn 2022.