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PRIME isn't just a word but a commitment

To show that we are serious about providing fair access to quality work experience, PRIME’s member firms sign up to nine promises, shown below:

PRIME Commitment #1

1.

Target work experience at school-age students who have the least opportunity to access it otherwise. We will work with recognised third party organisations to ensure the selection criteria continues to be the fairest way to identify such participants.

PRIME Commitment #2

2.

Support participants by providing financial assistance to ensure they can attend work experience. As a minimum we will provide refreshments and reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

PRIME Commitment #3

3.

Properly prepare participants in advance of work experience. We will give them practical information and preplacement activities where appropriate. We will ensure we are able to meet the diverse needs of participants.

PRIME Commitment #4

4.

Inform participants about the range of careers available in the legal profession and wider business (for lawyers and non-lawyers) and the potential routes into those careers, including the relevance of university education. We will ensure that participants understand the different types of roles and career paths that exist and give clear, honest information about the requirements for those. To support this we will adopt a partnership approach with other relevant organisations (e.g. universities and clients).

PRIME Commitment #5

5.

Develop in participants the key personal and business skills that are essential to entry into the legal profession and wider business world (e.g. team working, communication, presentation/impact, negotiation, networking).

PRIME Commitment #6

6.

Provide a way for participants to maintain contact with the firm after work experience has ended (e.g. through a structured mentoring programme or an annual reunion event).

PRIME Commitment #7

7.

Monitor on a firm by firm basis and share and publish best practice and data. Agree to fund and participate in an externally commissioned evaluation to develop and assure the quality of the commitments made under PRIME.

PRIME Commitment #8

8.

We will each provide a number of work experience places that is not less than 50% of the number of training contract places that we offer each year. Our headline target for the wider profession is 2,500 places by 2015.

PRIME Commitment #9

9.

Provide at least 30-35 hours of contact time per student (not necessarily on consecutive days).

Member firms
Allen & Overy
Addleshaw
Ashurst
arnold and porter
Arthur Cox
baker and mckenzie
berwin leighton paisner
Bircham Dyson Bell
bird and bird
Blake Morgan
Bond Dickinson
Brodies
brookstreet
burges salmon
burness paull
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Clifford Chance
clyde and co
CMS
Cooley
dac beachcroft
Digby Brown Solicitors
DLA Piper
douglas jones
dwf
Eversheds
Farrer & Co
Fasken
fbc
fladgate
Freshfields
Gibson Dunn
Gowling WLG
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
holman fenwick
irwin mitchell
joe egan
lewis silkin
Linklaters
macfarlanes
Macklay murray
mayer brown
Norton Rose
olswang
osborne clark
Penningtons Manches
Pinsent Masons
quadrant
reed smith
Sheppard and Wedderburn
sgh
sidley austin
simmons simmons
skadden
slater and gordon
Slaughter and May
Squire Patton
Stevens and Bolton
stephenson harwood
Stevens and Bolton
taylor wessing
travers smith
trethowens
weightmans
weil
withers
Trowers and Hamlins