Oct 17 2017 | 3 min read

DLA Piper and RBS Group – a commitment to PRIME

As part of our commitment to UK initiative PRIME, in October 2013 our London office invited 12 students from Islington 6th Form Consortium into our office for a week of work experience. Through participation in our Work Experience Programme, the students were given the opportunity to learn about the range of careers available to them…

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Oct 17 2017 | 3 min read

Brodies’ PRIME visit to Virgin Money

As part of the pilot run of Brodies PRIME initiative I accompanied three students on a visit to Virgin Money’s HQ in Edinburgh. This was intended as a way of showing the students what alternative careers are available in law outside of private practice. All the students were very taken with the idea of in-house…

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Oct 17 2017 | 2 min read

Bird & Bird and Yahoo! – The Pioneer Programme

Inspired by our long-term commitment to promoting social mobility through greater diversity in the legal profession, the Pioneer Programme at international law firm Bird & Bird meets the PRIME commitment and is specifically aimed at building relationships with students from underprivileged backgrounds. It is designed to give students from age 14 onwards a greater awareness…

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Oct 17 2017 | 3 min read

Baker McKenzie and Google – the ExploreLaw partnership

The ExploreLaw programme As part of our commitment to promoting social mobility, both within the firm and within the wider legal profession, Baker McKenzie runs a week-long work experience programme for year 12 students from less privileged backgrounds. Participants are sourced through our connections with the Social Mobility Foundation, BLD and St Charles Sixth Form…

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Oct 17 2017 | 3 min read

Ashurst and Nomura: Working together to increase access to the legal profession

Access Ashurst Work Experience Programme As part of Ashurst‘s commitment to promoting social mobility, each year the firm offers 30 secondary students work experience placements in its London office. Students interested in a career in law are recruited from state schools across Haringey, Enfield and Waltham Forest, through the firm’s partnership with education charity Teach…

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Oct 17 2017 | 2 min read

Raising the expectations of our pupils – A teacher’s perspective.

In 2008 Wester Hailes Education Centre embarked on a five year plan to raise attainment for all our pupils. An important part of our strategy was to raise the expectations of our pupils. When Brodies approached us about their Prime Programme we very quickly realised that this was the ideal programme to help achieve this…

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Oct 17 2017 | 4 min read

From PRIME Student to Summer Student – my experience at Brodies

“This summer, I took part in a work placement at Brodies’ Edinburgh office, spending time with the litigation and banking teams. This gave me invaluable first-hand experience that complemented my academic legal studies at university. However, this wasn’t my first time at the firm. In S5, while still at school, I took part in the…

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Oct 17 2017 | 3 min read

From PRIME Student to Summer Student – my experience at Brodies

“I can’t quite believe the number of years that have passed since I first came into contact with Brodies, but here we are. It all started about 4 years ago in 2013, when I was an awkward 17- year old who had just sat her Highers. I was part of one of the first intakes…

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Jul 27 2017 | 3 min read

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, the PRIME Board has agreed to implement a number of new initiatives, including a contextualised recruitment system (CRS), a new Best Practice Guide for members, and an improved website experience for students,…

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