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Tottenham students give advice to top bank on creating internship programme

PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 July 2013

Haringey Sixth Form Centre's law A Level students outside RBS' offices in central London

Haringey Sixth Form Centre's law A Level students outside RBS' offices in central London

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Haringey Sixth Form students were the pick of the bunch for the Royal Bank of Scotland when it looked for advice on developing an internship programme for its legal department.

Top legal executives at RBS met with 13 students studying A-level law at the college last week to present ideas on what an internship should look like, at the bank’s head office in Liverpool Street.

In return the students were able to get a glimpse into the fast-paced legal world of a FTSE 100 company, hearing about the skills required for the job and networking with key industry players.

Following the students’ advice, RBS is now planning on running the programme with a focus on obtaining talent from deprived areas and giving all students equal opportunities to gain access to the legal profession.

The day consisted of a series of workshops which included a focus on CV writing as well as a session where students put their questions to all those present from the RBS legal team.

Richard Clinch, head of law at the centre, said: “This has been a fantastic and hugely beneficial opportunity for the law students at the college. Afterwards all the students commented on the skills they had acquired, giving them the confidence and drive to strive for a career in law.”

One of the students, Annabel Amo, said: “I thought it was amazing, a real eye-opening day into the legal profession. It was so interesting to see what solicitors at RBS actually do and, more importantly, hear about how they got there.

“I couldn’t believe how many solicitors took the time to speak to us one-on-one. They have inspired me to try and follow in their footpath.”

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