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Don’t let where you start dictate where you finish.

You know there are no laws about who can become a lawyer?

And who says you need to like arguing? Or study law at uni?

Yes, lawyers need decent academics. But they also need character, determination, perseverance, and grit. Those aren’t a given, no matter which side of the tracks you start out on.

PRIME can help you take your first step up the ladder. We help young people to find high-quality legal work experience, at member firms ranging in size from just a few people to several thousand. Our members cover every imaginable aspect of law – from criminal to corporate, and everything in between.

You’ll learn about law and business, and the kind of career that’s open to you. Work experience isn’t just about finding out if a career in law is right for you. It’s also about gaining important experience that you can talk about in your CV and in interviews. It’s life experience.

So take that first step. Find out how PRIME can help you get the work experience that might make the difference between a great career and… well, perhaps a not-so-great career. 

Check the criteria below and see if you’re eligible for a PRIME work experience placement:

Schools #1


Are school-age, 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)

Schools #2


Attend a state (non-fee paying) school

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Either would be of the first generation in your immediate family to attend university or are (or have been) eligible for free school meals.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, contact your teacher or careers adviser for more information. Alternatively, you can search for law firms in your area who run PRIME work experience schemes here or contact one of PRIME's third party partners, who can advise you on what work experience is available. They are listed here.


Jomati Foundation Bursaries

Jomati Foundation bursaries are available primarily for post graduate study (although in exceptional cases Jomati have provided undergraduate support). Bursaries are usually limited to a maximum of £5000

Applications for Jomati Foundation bursaries should be sent by email to Vicky Ford at Jomati:

Jomati will need details of:

  • academic achievements to date
  • planned future career and the existence of a training contract or pupillage
  • details of work placements and other relevant experience
  • details of your financial means and sources of support including family and access to other bursaries and funding

For further information about the Jomati Foundation please visit their website:


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The Brightside Trust

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BLD Foundation

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Their charitable aim is achieved through their flagship Legal Gateway Scheme, providing access for those aged 13-30 to a wide range of opportunities in the legal industry; including training and information about legal career opportunities and equipping participants with the skills to take advantage of these opportunities. The scheme draws students nationwide with particular focus on London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

For more about getting involved, visit their website.


Member firms
Allen & Overy
Arthur Cox
baker and mckenzie
berwin leighton paisner
bird and bird
Blake Morgan
Bond Dickinson
burges salmon
burness paull
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
Clifford Chance
clyde and co
Digby Brown Solicitors
DLA Piper
douglas jones
Gibson Dunn
Gowling WLG
Herbert Smith
Hogan Lovells
holman fenwick
irwin mitchell
joe egan
lewis silkin
Macklay murray
mayer brown
Norton Rose
osborne clark
Penningtons Manches
Pinsent Masons
reed smith
Sheppard and Wedderburn
sidley austin
simmons simmons
slater and gordon
Slaughter and May
Squire Patton
Stevens and Bolton
stephenson harwood
Stevens and Bolton
taylor wessing
travers smith
Trowers and Hamlins