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|Number of work placements:||24|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||£38,000 (London)|
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Application details and method of selection
Please apply online by 13 July 2018 for our training contracts. The deadline for our summer vacation scheme applications is 19 January 2018.
Firm description and career prospects
Leading lawyers. Great clients. And an unrivalled commercial approach to business. At RPC we offer a depth of knowledge and creativity that few firms can rival, and combine this with high quality training programmes that are consistently lauded in the leading directories.
Headquartered in a state of the art site in the City of London, we also have stunning offices in Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our open plan, collaborative working environment – where knowledge is easily shared and access to partners an everyday reality – is designed to bring out the best in our people and to ensure that the service we offer our clients is second to none. And it is.
We provide top quality legal services to global businesses across a wide range of industry sectors and practices, including insurance, commercial litigation, construction, engineering and projects, corporate/M&A, IP and technology, retail, commercial contracts, media, real estate, employment and pensions, outsourcing, regulatory, tax, international trade and competition.
We have been named as Best Legal Adviser by Legal Week every year since 2009 for our commitment to delivering excellent client service. In 2015 we won Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards. And in 2014 we were twice named Law firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards and the Halsbury Legal Awards having been nominated four times before over the previous 18 months. More recently, we were named Best Tax Team in a Law Firm at the Taxation Awards 2017; Insurance Law Firm of the Year at the Commercial Insurance Awards 2017; and Best Strategic Leadership at the MPF Awards 2016. Our trainees – and our training programme – have been consistently recognised for excellence too, including winning Best Commercial Awareness Blog at the Legal Cheek Awards 2017 and Best Vacation Scheme – International or City Firm – All About Law Top Law Firms.
Bursaries are available for the GDL, if applicable, and the LPC. Bursaries comprise course and examination fees and maintenance grants of up to £7,000. We request that all our trainees complete their LPC and GDL at The University of Law.
We run summer schemes each year in our London office to enable prospective trainees to spend time with us, getting a feel for the work we do and the unique RPC atmosphere. Twelve students at a time spend two weeks with us experiencing the real working life of RPC, supervised by our associates, giving you a fantastic insight into whether a career here is right for you.
During the scheme we expose you to the business side of being a lawyer, including finding out about the importance of client service, marketing and business development and involving you in a 'real-time' group project. There are also opportunities to go to court, assist with research, draft documents, take part in a number of interactive workshops and attend client meetings.
We offer a competitive and creative full package of benefits to all employees at RPC called 'Pick 'n' Mix'.
RPC's benefits offer choice and flexibility to employees, complementing our forward-thinking culture and our approach to rewarding everyone who works here.
From health, wellbeing and family-based rewards, to firm discounts and wealth-related benefits, our package covers almost everything.
When and how to apply
Please apply online by 13 July 2018 for our training contracts. The deadline for our summer scheme applications is 19 January 2018.
Training contract programme
As a trainee you will receive first rate training in a supportive working environment. You will collaborate closely with a partner and will be given real responsibility as soon as you are ready to handle it. At least six months will be spent in four areas of our practice. We encourage our trainees to express preferences for the areas in which they would like to train. In addition to the Professional Skills Course, we provide a complementary programme of in-house training. When you qualify we hope you will stay with us and we always do our best to place you in the area of law that suits you most.
What do we look for in our trainees?
Although proven academic ability is important (we require a 2.1 degree or above, not necessarily in law) we value energy, enthusiasm, business sense, commitment and the ability to relate well to others just as highly.
Recruitment for our summer schemes usually takes place in either January or February, and in August for our training contracts two years before the training contract begins. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our assessment days during which they will meet our existing trainees, associates, legal directors and partners.
Corporate, corporate insurance financial services, commercial disputes, construction and projects, employment, insurance, (media, IP, technology, outsourcing and commercial), regulatory, real estate, tax litigation and competition.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
London, Bristol, Hong Kong, Singapore
Diversity access schemes
BPP Legal Access Scheme, Rare Recruitment, TARGETjobs Events