Apprenticeships

We offer alternative routes into RPC, too.  No matter what stage you are in your life, our UK apprenticeship opportunities will help build the foundations of a successful career, with the training and support you’ll need to excel.

Is an RPC apprenticeship for me?
If you have a strong drive to use your personality and skills to make a difference, you may be the right fit for RPC. 

How long is an apprenticeship programme?
We offer a range of business and legal apprenticeships each with a different timeframe.   Business Administration (Level 3) is our most popular apprenticeship and takes 15-18 months to complete. 

How can I find out more?
We partner with WhiteHat, Damar and the University of Law to recruit our apprentices.  Please take a look on their websites for current apprenticeship opportunities available at RPC. 

Legal apprenticeships
Recruitment for our Bristol Paralegal apprenticeship (November 2021 start date) will begin in September 2020.  The paralegal apprenticeship takes two years to complete with the opportunity on successful completion to be considered for the solicitor apprenticeship (level 7 apprenticeship). The solicitor apprenticeship requires approximately five and a half to six more years of study (taking into account exemptions from paralegal apprenticeship), also incorporating a law degree.  

Every day will be different. One day you may be working on legal administrative tasks in paralegal teams, such as minute taking and producing data reports. Another day you may be carrying out research for business support teams.  Return to our website in September 2020 if you are interested in applying.

The application process
If your initial application is successful, you'll be invited to attend an assessment day. You'll be expected to demonstrate your motivations, skills and attributes notably through an interview and business focused exercises. You'll also be given the grand tour and be introduced to some of our people to see how you might fit in to our RPC culture.

If you have a strong drive to use your personality and skills to make a difference, you may be the right fit for RPC. It’s not essential to have studied law before, but you’ll need to be able to show that you’re a hardworking and motivated team-player with communication skills and meticulous attention to detail to match.

What are the basic requirements?
  • Being in year 13 or beyond 
  • GCSE Maths & English: grades A-C
  • It’s not essential to have studied law before but an appetite to learn and progress is important

Still got questions?

If we haven't covered it below then please get in contact with the recruitment team on 020 3060 6000 or by emailing us at strikinglyreal@rpc.co.uk.

FAQs

What is the benefits package?

Along with an annual salary of £18,000 (London) or £15,000 (Bristol) increasing by £500 in your second year at RPC, you’ll be offered a competitive and creative full package of benefits.
 
We’re all unique. And that’s why RPC’s benefits package is too. We respect we’re all real people with passions, families and lives away from our desks. So we offer you the chance to tailor your benefits, offering choice and flexibility to everyone who works here.  
 
Our benefits package covers almost everything, from wellness festivals and social events to extra annual leave and family and wealth-related rewards.

What will happen when I arrive?

The first few weeks will be taken up with our Apprentice New Starter Programme which has been designed to introduce you to RPC. You’ll meet your team, the current apprentices and our trainee development team.

How much responsibility will I have?

This will be very much up to you! We like to give our apprentices a challenge, but you’ll never be asked to take on more than you are confident with. Your supervisor will decide exactly how much you should take on at each stage of your training.

How will I know how I’m progressing?

We’re proud of our open and honest culture. So you’ll have regular, informal feedback from your supervisor. We'll also give you formal reviews on a regular basis which will provide you, and us, with an opportunity to assess how you’re getting on and areas where we can help you progress further.

Will I have to work long hours?

Our apprentices rarely have to work long hours, but from time to time, you may need to stay late and lend a hand if there's a deadline looming.

Do you do any international work?

Yes, 30% of our work is international in nature. We have offices in London, Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore and are founding members of the TerraLex network of law firms which gives us ready access to lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions. 

What is the firm's dress code?

You’ll need to wear professional business attire, but of course you'll be welcome to add your own personal touch.