• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

The virtual vacation scheme consisted of workshops, virtual coffees, group projects, a wide variety of tasks, and various socials. I sat in the construction insurance seat for my first week and commercial & banking litigation in my second week. I completed the RPC group culture project with two other students on the vacation scheme and found this to be thoroughly enjoyable. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the other students on the scheme, especially given the unique challenges of a virtual scheme.


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • 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.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • I developed a wide variety of skills as a result of the scheme: communication, teamwork, managing deadlines and resilience. Importantly, I further developed my growth mindset in every task that came my way.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • With the tasks that were set, I was given real responsibility which would be given to a trainee at RPC. This included the opportunity to draft client letters, emails, and complete various business/legal research tasks.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 5/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • RPC finely balance support/guidance with high levels of responsibility. However, whenever I was faced with a challenge that I needed further assistance with - my trainee buddy, supervisor, or various associates I had spoken with throughout my time at RPC, were always available to help. The people at the firm were very effective at either answering my question or putting me on the right path to find the answer.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 5/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • RPC's culture was fantastic. Everyone is happy to work for one another as they all feel part of a wider team. I believe it is a culture in which I can thrive in - and be the best version of myself. I also believe that it is a fantastic place to address personal/professional weaknesses.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my internship. I enjoyed the variety of work, worshops, virtual coffees (speaking to all the wonderful people!) and socials.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at RPC
  • 5/5

  • 7. Would you recommend RPC to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to RPC
  • I would say to really think about how a firm's culture and training support can really impact your development as a trainee solicitor - both your personal and professional strengths/weaknesses.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Commercial Law

5th July 2021

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