The vacation scheme involved a mixture of pre-set tasks and BD opportunities. The tasks were all fictitious, though some were based upon previous cases. Examples of tasks include researching topics and writing research notes; drafting letters and memos; and carrying out presentations. There was also a lot of time to meet and socialise with employees of RPC, both in structured settings such as workshops, and during more informal virtual coffees.
I was given a total of 5 tasks at the beginning of each week. Some of the tasks came with soft deadlines during the week, but generally I was expected to complete them at my own pace- with feedback provided at the end of each week. The tasks ranged from researching elements of the law, to writing draft submissions.
This was a really useful experience. Each week, I was given a set number of tasks. I was responsible for managing my time and prioritising in order to complete all the tasks ahead of the deadline. I also had the opportunity to get involved with real client work, including attending a hearing and preparing for a client presentation.
During the two weeks of the summer scheme, I sat in two different seats. One in one of the firm’s insurance practice and one in a commercial practice. Each day was centred around a different task, with feedback delivered at the end of the day. I also met with numerous members of each department I sat in for virtual coffees, which were a helpful way of learning more about the teams and the firm.
I completed a series of hypothetical tasks. This involved research tasks, summarising case law and writing letters to clients and lawyers. I met with my supervisor each day to catch up on my tasks and how my day had been. I also had feedback calls with my supervisor to discuss how I did in each task. We also completed a group project looking at RPC's culture.
Tasks were given at the start of the week for each seat. We had an opportunity to complete these independently at our own pace as well as ask for feedback. We were invited to meet other members of the team through 'virtual coffees' or team meetings. The cohort also attended workshops in the firm's insurance and commercial practice areas as well as Diversity and Inclusion and Learning and Development.
One week in Property & Casualty Insurance and one week in Media. My role consisted of research tasks, preparing presentations and research notes, communicating with members of the team (supervisor and trainee buddy primarily) in order to complete this work. Overarching these tasks were a series of networking events and a culture project encouraging us to learn more about people across the firm and their experiences with RPC.
We spent a week in two practice areas, either two commercial or one insurance and one commercial. We did a range of legal tasks within each team and were able to meet with other departments if we so wished. We also took part in workshops on practice areas, D&I, sectors and trainee life, had the opportunity to write a business blog, participated in a group project and had training sessions e.g. presentation skills.
Meeting people in the team and across different departments; undertaking research for an associate in relation to a potential claim against a client; workshops; group project with other interns; cocktail-making socials and virtual escape rooms with trainees and fellow vacation scheme students.
Each week was spent in a different department of the firm, where you are assigned a supervisor and trainee buddy as well as set tasks to complete throughout the week. Your day will be spent getting to know your team, completing your tasks and attending planned events such as learning sessions, talks and networking events. The tasks were a real mix of research and legal work, mirroring real-life tasks undertaken by trainees.
Had regular virtual coffees with people at the firm and a daily catch-up with my supervisor. Completed tasks for deadlines on specific days and took part in a number of extra activities including group projects and workshops on commercial and insurance law. In the evenings there were social opportunities including virtual escape rooms and drinks.
Each day was uniquely different - with a wide variety of tasks and daily interactions. Each day I started and worked on a new task, whether that was a research task or drafting a client email. I had various virtual coffees set up throughout the week, so I spoke to somebody different everyday.
A week was spent in two different departments, spanning the Commercial and Insurance halves of the firm. We were given specially constructed work (not live matters) due to security concerns, and a variety of workshops, training sessions etc were set up for the fortnight. Additionally, we were given a licence (figuratively) to go out and arrange calls to get to know people across the firm.
The virtual experience was extremely enjoyable and well thought through. The week consisted of a combination of written tasks, insight sessions into different areas of the firm and social & networking activities. The tasks were interesting as they involved a variety of different stakeholders and there was a combination of contentious and non-contentious work. They also gave me great insight into the type of work undertaken by trainees at the firm. I really enjoyed the quiz the trainees hosted - gave us a real insight into the culture at the firm at a time when we were unable to be at the office.
The virtual experience was a fantastic insight into life at the firm. Whilst it was unfortunate that the scheme had to be conducted online, the effort that had been put into the scheme was clear. There were plenty of evening activities to ensure all attendees met each other and current trainees. The only downside were a few technical issues with the vacation scheme site which led to delays in receiving messages. Everyone at RPC was quick to respond to emails however meaning that these delays weren't too much of an issue.