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 89 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...
Progress for PRIME: Chair Cheffings Commits to Change
To help further social mobility in the legal profession and facilitate high quality work experience opportunities for young people from less privileged backgrounds…
PRIME is run by a board made up of representatives from our member firms. Find out more about the names and faces currently behind PRIME – and what makes them interested in helping young people access law.
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.