When it comes to making real social change, it takes a huge effort. Not just one voice or one action, but a whole movement making a long-term commitment.
With 60+ firms onboard so far, we’re well on our way. Together, our mission is clear: to give young people from underprivileged backgrounds the chance to excel in the legal profession.
But there’s still more to do. Although some law firms run their own schemes, and our own work experience offering is growing all the time, there are still young people falling through the cracks; talented young minds who feel excluded from the world of law.
It’s time to help change that.
Maybe you already offer work experience. Maybe you don’t, and this is when you’ll set it up. Either way, once you’re a member of PRIME, you can start advertising your work experience through us. You’ll become one of our profiled firms and students, parents and teachers will be able to find you via our experience finder tool.
Every student who finds work experience via PRIME should be given the same chance to succeed. That means offering a certain quality of experience no matter the firm they go to, and it means setting the same level of access across the board. That’s why we came up with the . There might be some slight adjustments to your criteria – for instance, you might only accept students at year 12 and above, rather than at Year 9 – but in general, these are the rules you’ll commit to.
We've also provided a set of best practice guidelines to help you on your PRIME commitment journey, you can download these below...
Film guide for law firms
You can download our user-generated film guide to give you the confidence to start creating your own film content to help promote your PRIME scheme. This guide is also useful for PRIME students who have been asked to participate in a film.
PRIME Chair's Progress Blog
Being a PRIME member represents a serious and genuine commitment from firms and I recognise that a lot of time and effort goes into running the work experience programmes and making sure that they provide a valuable experience – thank you.
The State of the Nation report by Sandra Wallace
One of the outputs being worked on by the Commissioners is an employer toolkit, as employers often ask how they can improve their efforts and, make clear that, practical guidance would really assist.
PRIME members praised in Social Mobility Employer Index
The top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility in the workplace are announced today (Wednesday 21 June) in what is believed to be the world’s first ever social mobility employer index.