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Intelligent Aid

The basis of Intelligent Aid is simple. We ask you to answer a topical question in 500 words. We want you to demonstrate your intelligence, your ability to structure a convincing argument, and your understanding of the practical application of the law.

If you construct an outstanding answer you could be one of the 40 shortlisted finalists who'll be invited to the final at our offices in Canary Wharf, London. Be one of the 20 students who stand out at the Final, and you'll win a place on our vacation scheme, where you'll do real work, be closely mentored by Clifford Chance lawyers and enjoy full access to our outstanding facilities.

The Topic

We've been running this award-winning scheme since 2010 and it gets bigger and better every time. This year, as always, the question is highly topical. We're inviting you to consider the kind of issues that are exercising our minds every day.

This year, it is all about The Rule of Law

The rule of law is fundamental if a country is to attract foreign investment, build a modern democracy and achieve strong economic growth. Yet the concept itself encompasses a broad range of ideas and can be measured in different ways, and it can be difficult to establish a connection between legal reform and economic success in different countries at varying stages of development. You could approach the question from a number of different perspectives, whether your interests lie in history, economics, current affairs or legal theory. From a business perspective, when our clients evaluate business opportunities, whether in developed economies or emerging ones, they will consider both the legal risks and the economic growth potential of the environment in which they will be doing business.

Whatever approach you choose to take, this topic is one that has been at the heart of much controversy and debate throughout the centuries and we are very much looking forward to reading all of your submissions!

The Competition Question

'The rule of law is essential in ensuring an economy's success? Discuss with reference to one or more jurisdictions of your choice.'

Entries must be no more than 500 words.

We're looking for excellent quality submissions - preparation and research will be of paramount importance. We'll expect excellent attention to detail, grammar and punctuation. You'll need to put together well structured arguments and we want your passion and interest in the topic to leap off the page! This is an opportunity for you to impress us with your intellectual capability for a much coveted prize.

You can submit your answer after 1st October 2014 and before the final deadline of 31st January 2015.

If you're one of the top 40 entrants, we'll invite you to the Intelligent Aid Final on 2nd & 3rd March 2015. We'll let you know if you've been successful by 18th February 2015. In the Final, you'll join a team of other finalists to tackle a challenging case study relating to Rule of Law. It's a further opportunity for you to impress us with your innovative thinking and persuasive arguments. You'll present your solutions to an expert panel of judges.

Find out more

You can find out more about Intelligent Aid by coming to our London event. Check out our calendar to find out when that event will be and how to sign up.

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Intelligent Aid

Find out more about our unique Intelligent Aid competition and vacation scheme.

Intelligent Aid is now in its fifth year and is our award-winning, unique and innovative competition that allows you to impress with your intelligence alone to be in with the chance to secure one of 20 coveted vacation scheme placements at the firm.

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