There are certain things you need to be a lawyer. You’ve got to be determined, hard-working, switched on to the world around you. At PRIME, we know these are traits anyone can have. They can’t be bought. They don’t come from private school education, or your parents’ finances.
They’re part of who you are, and the person you want to be. So if you want to work in law, you can come from any background, culture or social group. If you’ve got the right attitude, you can become a great lawyer. It all starts here, with legal work experience from PRIME.
What does it mean to be a lawyer?
Before you go looking for legal work experience, you might want to know more about what it means to be a lawyer. Here are the three main roles in the UK and Republic of Ireland:
The experience you’ll find with most of our firms is the kind of work you’d do as a solicitor. It’s typically all about working with businesses to provide legal advice. If a client wants to build a skyscraper or copyright a piece of technology or open shops in a new country, they’ll come to you as a solicitor.
Most solicitors work for a law firm, but if you’re in-house counsel, you’ll do the same work for just one company. It might be a bank, a search engine, a TV company – all kinds of businesses have in-house teams. Instead of working with lots of different clients, you’ll work only for your company, specialising in their industry.
If you’re thinking of lawyers in terms of making an argument in court, those are usually barristers. They’ll generally only get involved once a case has to go to court, and they’ll be hired by solicitors to represent their client.
What kind of prospects can you expect in Law?
If you enjoy your work experience and want to take it further, you might pursue a career as a solicitor or a barrister. If you end up with a firm like those who make up PRIME, then you’ll start as a trainee solicitor for two years, then work your way up to associate. Then, for those ready to be challenged at the highest level, you could even aim for partner. At every stage in your development, you’ll become a more senior lawyer, known in your field. You might even become a judge one day.
Search for work experience
There are more than 60 law firms involved in PRIME, providing legal work experience up and down the UK and Republic of Ireland. That means whether you want to travel or stay at home, there’s an opportunity for you. Just tell us an area below, and we’ll tell you where the nearest firms are and how to apply. You can also filter your results to see which firms also offer apprenticeship opportunities.
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What do our students say?
There is no more important an impact than the one that PRIME work experience has on our students. Since PRIME launched in 2011, over 10,000 students have been able to access quality work experience at a host of law firms across the country.