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Very much - it was good fun and informative. A good way of gaining an insight into the culture of the firm
Very much so, however one of the people who was supposed to supervise me had taken annual leave. I was, however well looked after by his colleagues. Everyone was happy to help.
I was assigned a supervisor and introduced to others in the department who were around to help me. Aside from this, the graduate recruitment department were available at all times. Other sources of help were the IT department and the library staff - both happy to help.
I will be able to show that I have applied my skills to legal-specific tasks
Very well - a timetable of activities was issued at the beginning of the scheme and adhered to throughout
Everyone was very welcoming and friendly
They provided several training sessions on areas of the firm's practice areas, as well as business development topics. Lawyers were also happy for me to sit in on their meetings as a training exercise and the Outdoor Clerk allowed me to accompany her to the Royal Courts of Justice.
RPC allow vac schemers a good amount of time working in the departments, so you get a decent taste of the day to day work of a trainee. They're also totally open plan, so you get to see everyone from partners to trainees at work.
The scheme gave plenty of opportunities to engage with lawyers and support staff of all levels. Sometimes in less formal settings too.
The day-to-day tasks were very valuable as I was given real work akin to the kind of tasks that would be delegated to a trainee.
In addition to payment and reimbursement of expenses RPC provide a smart card for their in house canteen and load it up with £50. Breakfast is provided for free between 8-8:30 am. RPC also wine and dine at a few other opportunities throughout the week. You're not left hungry!
Two networking lunches, attended by trainees, associates and partners. A fun evening activity with the current trainees. Speed networking session with trainees and associates. Dinner with trainees.
Very good. We were treated to an evening of Cluequest (Google it) followed by drinks; a tour of the Lloyds building, followed by more drinks; and dinner at a local restaurant with trainees towards the end of the scheme.
Someone mentioned a choir, but other than that, there was no information about pro bono work or CSR activities
Yes - good fun scheme providing a valuable insight into the culture at RPC
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Administration/Secretarial, Business Management, Commercial Law, Construction/Trades, Legal/Law, Market Research, Private Client Law, Property Law, Property/Real Estate
Central London and City
15th July 2015