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I am an LPC student and have a training contract with a large City firm commencing in March ’09. In between the end of the LPC and the start of my training contract, as well as traveling and generally having a good time, I’d like to get some commercial experience in investment banking. Call me sad but I want to understand my potential future clients better by having been in their shoes.

Is three months working in an investment bank a worthwhile experience for a corporate trainee? And is it better to go into an actual investment banking department or join their in-house legal team? Which of the departments is likely to give me the more relevant experience?

There is zero chance of me working for them long term but I am genuinely interested in the work and intend to do my best over the course of the internship. Can I still sell it to them somehow?

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