Sep 3 2020 | 4 min read

Ensuring continuity for students during COVID-19: Moving to a virtual work experience programme

At a time when lockdown restrictions caused by COVID-19 stripped young people of many opportunities, many PRIME member firms moved their programmes online, ensuring that students didn’t miss out on the opportunity. Here, Ella Blakesley, Social Impact Manager at Ashurst LLP, shares why it was so important to continue their work experience programme and some…

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Aug 27 2020 | 3 min read

Norton Rose Fulbright

Every year we collaborate with a corporate client so that our PRIME cohort has the opportunity to spend a day with members of an in-house legal team. The collaboration is based on our shared objective of inspiring young people and providing opportunities to those most in need. These collaborations complement their week by providing an…

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Aug 3 2020 | 1 min read

Why is Work Experience So Important?

ReImagine LAW is a podcast about legal education to help students navigate an increasingly complex set of career path choices, and build the mind-set of being a life-long learner. We’re here to promote innovative education, and diverse workforces by democratising access to career advice from both experts and current students alike. In this episode, PRIME…

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Jul 22 2020 | 4 min read

Digital Workshops to Help the Underrepresented Pursue a Career in the Legal Sector

Following a competitive tender process, PRIME has commissioned MyKindaFuture, the overlooked talent specialist, to deliver a series of digital workshops for students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK this autumn. This follows a successful pilot that PRIME undertook last year, involving member firms Brodies, DWF, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons, along with support…

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Jul 9 2020 | 1 min read

Zero Gravity

PRIME have partnered with Zero Gravity, a digital app that connects talented students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with existing undergraduates in one-to-one video-mentoring sessions. Zero Gravity share our belief that someone’s background should never be a barrier to achieving their potential. As a member firm, if you don’t already have support for students applying to…

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Apr 29 2020 | 1 min read

Theory of Change

As a charity dedicated to social mobility, we have been focussing on increasing our impact. To ensure that we are helping the young people who need it most we have looked at our criteria and made them consistent across all member firms. To ensure that we have clarity about what we aim to achieve, we…

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Mar 25 2020 | 1 min read

COVID-19 Update

In line with government guidance, many PRIME member firms have made the decision not to run face-to-face programmes for the time being. Everyone involved with PRIME takes the wellbeing of all those involved in our work experience extremely seriously. If your PRIME work experience programme is affected by the current COVID-19 situation, the relevant member…

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Mar 4 2020 | 2 min read

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not.

Katie Faulds, of Crasner Consulting, has written an inspiring article looking at the current state of social mobility within law firms and how it has improved over time. Whilst there is much more still to be done, the legal profession is certainly trying to make a difference and we are proud that over 60 law…

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Feb 19 2020 | 3 min read

PRIME bids farewell to two Board members and welcomes new representatives

PRIME are pleased to announce that with the departure of long-serving Board members, Binda Patel and Annette Byron, it broadens representation as it welcomes new members. This week, Binda Patel from The Sutton Trust, stands down as a member of the Board after three years.“It has been an honour to represent the Sutton Trust and…

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Oct 9 2019 | 1 min read

20 PRIME members listed in the Top 75 employers for social mobility

We are proud to see 20 of our PRIME members listed in the Top 75 employers for social mobility revealed yesterday in the Social Mobility Index. PRIME Chariman, Nicholas Cheffings, says “There is much more still to be done but the legal profession is certainly trying to make a difference”. Congratulations to Baker McKenzie, Linklaters,…

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