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 relevant skills can probably be split into hard and soft skills. The legal work provided was challenging, with lots of scope to tackle very tricky matters, from drafting complex advice letters to untangling troublesome areas of law in a research capacity. Naturally, this develops classic legal skills like analytical thinking, understanding large amounts of content, written communication etc. The scheme also developed softer skills like conversational ability, and engaging strangers out of the blue.
It was very well done. Practically, this was split in two. Firstly, the showrunners of the scheme had set up 'central' opportunities to engage with senior personnel about the strategy of the firm. Secondly, the work done and the way we engaged with the teams was a good insight into the business. Straightforwardly, the Summer Scheme has the potential to lead to a training contract.
Very positive. Casual team events are common (to slightly different extents based on which team), and the working atmosphere is very supportive; collegiate; friendly firmwide. Lots of D&I initiatives, with some standout partners contributing heavily to gender diversity discourse, and some impressive schemes aimed at tackling social mobility. Strong emphasis on people being individuals and doing whatever they like out of work - big focus on having hobbies.
Hugely. It was lovely to speak to a large number of people, who were always friendly and interested to speak to me - there was a significant effort to make time for me. Further, the work provided was engaging, challenging, and realistic.
Be honest. Have an open mind, but ideally an interest in disputes work. Research the firm and its competitors well. Take an interest in everything you do. Go the extra mile - there is always an extra mile. Recognise the importance of being both "good" and "nice". You need both to succeed at RPC.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
30th June 2021