Lawfuel.com – The Lawyer, the UK law magazine, reports that UK law firms are launching a ‘work scheme’ designed to provide the law profession’s first attempt at providing work experience for pupils from state schools.
The scheme, named Prime, was launched on Saturday 10th September, Prime requires its 23 member firms to provide work experience that totals at least 30-35 hours, and to commit to maintaining contact after work experience has ended.
Firms must also offer work experience places that total no fewer than 50 per cent of the annual training contracts given each year, as well as provide financial help during the programme.
The participants are: Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Arthur Cox, Ashurst, Blake Lapthorn, Brodies, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dickinson Dees, DLA Piper, Dundas & Wilson, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Maclay, Murray & Spens, McGrigors, Norton Rose, Pinsent Masons, Shepherd & Wedderburn, Slaughter and May and Trowers & Hamlins.
Earlier this year, The Lawyer revealed that Allen & Overy (A&O) senior partner David Morley had convened a handful of top City law firms to formulate a joint social mobility strategy (4 April 2011).
Morley told The Lawyer: “There are two key elements: one, what do we mean by quality work experience, and two, who are the target group of kids we focus on? We want to approach every firm in the UK. We have the support of the all three Law Societies and the government on this.”