Parents and teachers are better placed than anyone to see a young person’s potential. You know they’re capable of brilliant things, and you don’t think social background or financial circumstances should hold them back.
Now, you can make sure of it. Through PRIME, you can connect your young person with legal work experience at any one of more than 60 leading UK law firms.
Whether you get in touch with the firms or even just pass our details on, you’ll do your bit to help them access law - and you’ll change their future in the process.
You don’t pay to be involved, and your young people won’t pay either. We cover the costs of application, work experience, travel, and any necessary accommodation if the student’s work experience is away from home.
This is more than just a visit to an office. This is training, advice, and an introduction to life at some of the UK’s biggest law firms. Our ninety member firms include absolutely every firm in the UK Top 20 – all offering the same chance to students from underprivileged backgrounds.
Despite the impressive firms on our list, we don’t need or expect your young people to have any legal experience. If you’ve got someone who needs a chance to shine, and they meet our background requirements, this is for them.
If you’re teaching a class where PRIME might be relevant – say, a careers advice session – talk to your students about what we do. Encourage them to go to the website, and to talk to you about their options.
Spread the word around your school. If you’re in an area where lots of your colleagues might have eligible students, direct them here and encourage them to tell their own classes.
The Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks provide a framework for schools’ careers provision, ensuring young people can access high quality careers guidance so they can make informed decisions about their future. PRIME work experience can contribute towards schools’ achievement of Benchmarks 5 and 6. Here’s how:
Whether you want to find out which firms might be best for your students, or whether you want to find firms that might be open to starting a long-term relationship with your school, all you need to do is enter a postcode or area below.
If you’re a parent of a young person who could benefit from our opportunities, there’s lots you can do to help them get involved.
Sit with them, take them through how to apply and where firms might be, and offer to review their application. Try not to do it for them though – it’s important they should get their own application experience.
Your young person has some big choices to make, and it’ll help you both if you’re as well-informed as you can be. Through our you can find firms near you, and from there, you can also look at their website. Knowing more will help with your child’s application – and might also help with any worries or questions you have about who your child would be working for.
This is a big moment for you and your young person. It might be their first work experience. If they’re going on a residential placement, it might be their first big trip away from home without you. Either way, you might have some questions for us.
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Our work experience opportunities are completely free, and our member firms pay for any travel, food or accommodation necessary if your child will be in another city.
Each firm organises accommodation for its work experience students, and they’ll be housed in secure and safe accommodation – usually either hotels or vacant flats owned by nearby universities or colleges. Either way, your student will be part of a group of students their age, all looked after by at least one onsite supervisor from the law firm.
No – don’t worry. Your child will be staying in secure and monitored accommodation in the evening. During the day, they’ll be working at their chosen law firm, and our city firms tend to operate their own security pass systems so only authorised colleagues enter the building. We’ll make sure you have contact details for the accommodation and for the law firm in advance – and of course, your child may have their own phone if you need to get in touch.
No. Whether your child is travelling to another city to stay for a week, or whether they’re travelling to and from a law firm in your home city, travel costs are paid for by the law firm. Sometimes that’s done by refunding you afterwards, but if you can’t afford to pay for travel upfront, we can do that, and it’s something the firm will talk to you about in advance.
Raising the expectations of our pupils – A teacher’s perspective.
"I believe that the Prime programme was an excellent opportunity for our pupils and would thank the staff at Brodies who delivered an excellent and very supportive programme that helped to develop skills in the participants and also raise their aspirations."
Stuart Heggie, DHT Wester Hailes Education Centre 2008 - 2015
Pathways to Law Participants are Four Times More likely to Accept a Place at a Leading University
Our report uses an independent UCAS evaluation, using data spanning ten years, which showed that young people who took part in the programme between 2006-2016 were over four times more likely to accept a place at a leading university compared to their peers with similar grades and backgrounds.
Laura Bruce, The Sutton Trust