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Quality work experience is an essential first step for school-age students, both to inspire them about a career in the legal profession, and to help them on the path to their chosen career.

Some young people are fortunate enough to have connections through family or friends that offer them the opportunity of work experience in their chosen profession. But most do not. This means that talented and motivated students from less privileged backgrounds often don’t have the same opportunities to access the legal profession – and many other top professions alike.

If the legal profession is to reflect the society we live in, law firms must commit to providing high quality work experience schemes that conform to certain principles and target young people who would otherwise not easily gain access to them.

PRIME work experience schemes:

Schemes #1

1.

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

Schemes #2

2.

Offer a programme that provides insight, inspiration and information about different careers in the legal profession and the wider business world

Schemes #3

3.

Provide the chance to learn about and develop the key skills that employers are looking for

Schemes #4

4.

Target school-age students in either Year 9 to Year 13 (England and Wales); S2 to S6 (Scotland); or Year 3 to 5 or Lower and Upper Sixth (Northern Ireland)

Schemes #5

5.

Target students who attend a state (non-fee paying) school

Schemes #6

6.

Target students who will either be the first generation in their immediate family to attend university or who are, or have been, eligible for free school meals. Where this information is difficult or sensitive to obtain, the student should attend a school that is significantly above the regional average in the proportion of its students eligible for free school meals.

Recognised work experience programmes with the same or similar criteria are included within PRIME, and PRIME firms often link up with organisations such as Pathways to Law, The Brokerage Citylink and SEO London to find eligible students for their PRIME work experience schemes.

To sign up to or find out more about becoming a member of PRIME, click here

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