The RPC vacation scheme gave a highly useful insight into life at the firm. I found the experience a true reflection of the realities of the legal profession and what working here would prove to be like. It was an enjoyable experience because HR had put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the scheme was as useful and well-planned as possible so that the students on the scheme really learned from their 2 weeks here.
Considerably. It was a very well planned two weeks, with the right balance between centrally organised events - presentations, q and a's, networking sessions - and time spent in departments getting exposure to day-to day life as a trainee/NQ. Everyone I met at RPC - from the trainees to the partners - seemed very invested in making the vac scheme as beneficial as possible for everyone involved. I never felt like I was an encumbrance, or being given stuff just to pass the time. I felt like I was constantly being challenged, and treated as a prospective trainee with the firm, which was a really good experience.
Really great vacation scheme. Staff at all levels made an effort to get us involved. The work was interesting and the socials were really enjoyable. 1.5 weeks in two different departments. A commercial group exercise and an interview at the end. Various networking and practice sessions spread over the two weeks.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I turned up on Day One but the two weeks proved to be exceptionally enjoyable, hitting the right balance between networking, training sessions and substantive work. Questions were encouraged, and there were plenty of opportunities to get involved and discover more about the firm.
I very much enjoyed my week of work experience with Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. My time there gave me a real insight into the firm. Sitting in General Liability and Medical under the impressive Dorothy Flower, there was much to learn. I particularly liked the people working at RPC – from trainees to partners they went out of their way to ensure my time there was pleasant and productive.
- The Vacation Scheme offered by RPC gives a genuine, valuable insight into how the firm operates and the type of lawyer who can succeed at the firm. - Throughout the scheme the firm looked to include all participants in a variety of areas of law, and also demonstrated the life outside the firm with social events organised throughout the scheme.
A lot!!! RPC puts a lot of emphasis on the branding aspect - unlike most political parties, RPC actually stick to the rip up the rule book manifesto. This results in a really collaborative feel with the whole firm, it isn't intimidating to talk to anyone however senior they are! With regards to the trainees - they hire recruits for the training contract based on their personality as well as their aptitude. The 1st and 2nd year trainees all had bags of character and it was really fun to spend time with them and talk to them about life in and out of the firm. During the vacation scheme there are a few social events, in the middle of the first week we went to clue quest with the trainees (where you're locking in a room for about an hour and have to solve puzzles to get out) followed by dinner and drinks. On Friday we had a tour around the Lloyds Insurance building on Lime Street (fascinating place), again this was followed by drinks for everyone on the vacation scheme to get to know each other better. The following week has a dinner with the trainees - which invariably ends up at a variety of London establishments and learning how to hold a hangover in the office with grace. Some would say more importantly, the work itself was really interesting, challenging and your supervisors are willing to give you loads of responsibility, even if you've never read a legal case in your life! I had the opportunity to visit a case management conference for a high profile case which I had read about in the news and gather information for a press release about cyber crime in the retail industry! Overall, the combination of great people, interesting work and fantastic socials made for a really enjoyable fortnight!