RNC student secures law firm placement

Alex is standing in the law firm office wearing a suit, alongside 7 solicitors and senior partners

A student from The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) succeeded in getting a week’s placement at local solicitors’ Harrison Clark Rickerbys; fighting off stiff competition for work experience in the litigation department at the successful law firm.


Alex, a student of Business and IT, experienced first-hand the workings of the successful solicitors practice and covered many aspects of work that were of use to the company, from drafting emails to attending meetings.


Alex, who has Myopia and Nystagmus, utilised his knowledge of IT confidently and proficiently, particularly when using specialist software for solicitors, such as Lexis PSL and Lexis Nexis. The firm realised Alex’s need for print to be in a large font size and worked with RNC to ensure Alex’s experience was a useful and fulfilling one.


Of his week, Alex states: “I’ve enjoyed my time here at Harrison Clark Rickerbys. I’ve worked really hard on all the tasks given to me and the team was helpful in making sure I could access everything I needed in print. It has given me a great insight into the jobs that are available to me.”


“We were delighted to be able to provide Alex with the opportunity of seeing how a large law firm operates. We hope it will be able to help him when he goes to work in August, upon completion of his studies at the College,” said Matthew Hayes, Partner and Head of the firm’s Hereford Office.


Students of RNC took up placements in a variety of industries across Herefordshire (and in its bordering counties) during Work Experience Week. You can view some highlights from our Work Experience Gallery on our Facebook page


The College provides two weeks of work experience throughout the year, enabling both students and employers the chance to understand how working with a visual impairment can be just as rewarding with any degree of sight loss as it is for a fully sighted person.


Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC


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