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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

What is quality work experience? Law Firms
Quotation
"PRIME effectively acts as a platform for raising aspirations and awareness as well as allowing individuals with talent and drive to succeed in this field by giving an opportunity to gain familiarity with the nature of work that they can look forward to." Ali Sheikh, Birmingham University
Member firms
Allen & Overy
Addleshaw
Ashurst
Arthur Cox
baker and mckenzie
berwin leighton paisner
bird and bird
Blake Morgan
Bond Dickinson
Brodies
brookstreet
burges salmon
burness paull
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Clifford Chance
clyde and co
CMS
Cooley
Digby Brown Solicitors
DLA Piper
douglas jones
dwf
Eversheds
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
weightmans
weil
withers
Trowers and Hamlins