In 2009, a Government report into social mobility showed the UK legal profession to be "more, not less, socially exclusive" than it was 30 years ago.
The founding members of PRIME – 21 law firms plus the Sutton Trust – came together to tackle this issue as a profession.
Launched in 2011, PRIME now has 89 members firms, including some of the top law firms in the country, all of whom are committed to providing fair access to quality work experience.
PRIME’s members have also created partnerships with in-house legal departments within major organisations – banks and corporates – to give students an insight into how their businesses operate, what careers are available, and how they work with law firms.
PRIME is regarded by the UK Government as "a great example" of a profession coming together to ensure it becomes less socially exclusive.
"The lack of social mobility in our society is not a problem that can be solved by any one organisation or any one sector. Sections of our society who play a part in the problem, and who have a stake in finding a solution, need to take collective responsibility and work together to provide meaningful solutions. The legal profession is a great example. If the cycle of unequal distribution of opportunity is to be broken, and the most talented people from all backgrounds are to be given a fair chance, the sector needs to act. And through the PRIME programme this is what it is doing."
The Right Honourable Alan Milburn, Chair of the UK Task Force on Social Mobility.