Paralegal at RPC

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
£28,000 - £29,999

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About You

Role Description

Assisting Partners and Associates on various matters.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the way in which actual, chargeable work was given to us rather than some hypothetical, HR-created task.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

Extremely. We were given actual work to do and every member of the departments I sat in was extremely approachable.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

A lot. Having both a supervisor and a trainee buddy to lean on was particularly useful.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

Gaining such a clear insight into life as a commercial lawyer will certainly shape my career going forward.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

It ran seamlessly. There is potential scope to meet with the supervisors in our second week prior to starting on the Monday but perhaps this should be left to us to organise instead.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

There is slight variation in the culture between the departments but generally the atmosphere was extremely welcoming.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The personal training and development consisted of department workshops and help from our supervisors. Extremely beneficial.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

We were given actual chargeable work so our vacation scheme was essentially the same as starting a training contract (albeit in a shorter amount of time).


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Very much so. Sitting in two departments, and so a cross-section of the firm, gave you a full understanding of life as a trainee and the culture within.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Extremely valuable. The insight was extremely accurate given that we were involved in actual chargeable work alongside business development tasks (writing external-facing newsletters, for example).


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

The pay was in line with City firm rates for placement schemes.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes, two workshops from different departments and a networking lunch. I was also invited to departmental social activities (tennis tournament in my first week and drinks in my second week).


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Extremely good and lots of them. See above.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes, there seems to be a lot on offer in terms of sports teams, choir and drama activities.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Absolutely. It was great.