It takes a village to make real social change – and even though we’re only changing the legal sector, it takes more than just law firms to make it happen.
First, PRIME wouldn’t happen without the work of other charities. Social mobility networks. Foundations. Training providers. All kinds of partners who help us reach and support young people from all kinds of backgrounds.
After that, there’s the in-house legal teams. Experts from all kinds of industries, they open the doors of businesses from broadcasting houses to bank giants. Some offer their own in-house programmes, and others partner with PRIME firms – but either way, we couldn’t do without them.
Students’ experiences are better when we all work together, and that’s clear to see in the following case studies:
Hogan Lovells & Vodafone – Ladder to Law: the first step towards a legal career.
“We strive to operate as a truly admired legal function at Vodafone, which is why we are delighted to collaborate with Hogan Lovells to deliver the Ladder to Law programme. The programme has been designed so that the students can experience life both in private practice and in house. We enjoy giving them a taster of some of the cutting edge legal work that we are involved with and playing a part in promoting access to the legal profession while doing so.” - Rosemary Martin, Vodafone
Baker McKenzie and Google - the ExploreLaw partnership
"As part of the work experience week, students spend a morning at Google’s offices, finding out what it’s like to work as an in-house lawyer, through speed networking, presentations and quizzes. They are excited by the opportunity to get an insight into a different company, and Google’s colourful office and fantastic canteen are definite highlights of the day. Many of them return to Baker McKenzie keen to pursue a career as an in-house lawyer!"
Ashurst and Nomura: Working together to increase access to the legal profession
"Each year, Nomura’s in-house legal team support the Access Ashurst work experience programme, by leading a talk on life as an in-house lawyer and participating in a ‘speed networking’ session, aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the range of legal careers available – both within a law firm and an in-house legal team."
Bird & Bird and Yahoo! - The Pioneer Programme
"Having worked with Bird & Bird on another of the firm’s social mobility initiatives, the in-house legal team at Yahoo! are perfect partners for Pioneer, enhancing what a law firm are able to offer by giving our students access to an even greater variety of careers, knowledge and contacts within a dynamic internet corporation."
Brodies’ PRIME visit to Virgin Money
"All the students were very taken with the idea of in-house practice, not just given the availability of free croissants and easy access to i-Pads, but with being part of an exciting brand and a vibrant, commercial environment. The involvement of an in-house client in the programme was very valuable. It gave the PRIME students an opportunity to observe a very different legal environment and by the end of the afternoon, it certainly appeared that at least one of the three students was now seriously considering a career in law. "
Slaughter and May and ITV's work experience collaboration
"Passionate about social mobility, Barry Matthews, Director of Legal Affairs at ITV, was keen to build on the good work started by PRIME and in 2013, joined forces with Slaughter and May on a joint work experience programme for students interested in a legal career. The collaboration provided students with a unique insight into working in an in-house legal team, an area of the profession often unfamiliar to young people."
DLA Piper and RBS Group – a commitment to PRIME
" In addition to our own people, we were joined by 12 volunteers from RBS Legal, who were able to add a first-hand, alternative perspective for the students, by representing the role of in-house legal counsel and the banking sector."
Eversheds Unlocked programme supported by Hilton
"The programme aims to dispel the myths surrounding the legal profession. We bring in barristers and in-house counsel who have themselves come through a non-traditional route and are willing to share their own career paths and experiences. We provide the students with a real-life dining experience, and the opportunity to ask about the do’s and don’ts of formal dining etiquette. The programme culminates with individual presentations by the students to an audience of trainees, business services colleagues and partners."
Herbert Smith Freehills and RBS Group collaboration – a bonus for Herbert Smith Freehills PRIME students
"HSF PRIME students visited RBS for an afternoon of 'demystifying the banking sector', networking and a tour. Bursting with questions, students seized the chance to find out why lawyers would choose to work in-house and how it was different from private practice. They were also able to speak to employees in non-legal roles and find out about how the lawyers assisted them with their responsibilities."
Norton Rose Fulbright
"The collaboration is based on our shared objective of inspiring young people and providing opportunities to those most in need. Members from BNY Mellon’s EMEA Legal Diversity & Inclusion Council act as mentors to some of the students and several representatives from BNY Mellon also participate in a competition where they ask students to use their creativity and team working skills to translate a legal transaction back in non-legal terms to a “Dragon’s Den” of senior representatives from the EMEA Legal Department at their offices."
RBS Legal First Step
"RBS Legal First Step is an intensive one week programme developed to give students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds greater opportunities, experience and contacts to help them consider and pursue a career in law or business."
Taylor Wessing's Tomorrow's Talent work experience programme
"The Tomorrow's Talent programme takes place each August and has support and involvement from a number of senior individuals across the firm, including Martin Winter (former Senior Partner and Private Equity Partner)"
White & Case and Deutsche Bank
"As part of our commitment to providing fair access to quality work experience and promoting social mobility, White & Case has hosted work experience placements since the launch of PRIME in 2012. Participating students are recruited from our partner schools in the Lambeth area, which Evelyn Grace Academy, Lillian Baylis Technology School and Platanos College. The students are all interested to learn more about legal careers and are required to submit a CV and attend a formal interview to be considered for a placement."