The Law Apprenticeships Guide 2022

Meet the apprentice

Ami Chillcott RPC

Ami is a first-year solicitor apprentice at RPC, having first undertaken a two-year paralegal apprenticeship with the firm. She works in the matter support team and is currently on placement in the E-Discovery team. RPC’s solicitor apprenticeship lasts for six and a half years and comprises of around six placements.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship?

As the working world becomes increasingly competitive, I wanted to put myself a step ahead on the career ladder, which is why I ventured into apprenticeships. The combination of practical experience and academic learning makes for an invaluable beginning to any career. Throughout the apprenticeship scheme, I apply my studies to my day-to-day work to solidify my understanding of the law. In addition, working for a prominent firm at the start of your career enables you to understand the soft skills that can be hard to learn at university.

What is a typical day at work like?

I currently work in the matter support team which is essentially a pool of paralegals who are available to all departments, at any office, for whatever work is needed. The team also offer placements and I am currently in our E-Discovery team helping associates complete litigation tasks using online platforms. RPC’s apprenticeship system means I am always delving into different disputes and my tasks are always changing, giving me broad experience.

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