Caroline Sharp, Kelly Kettlewell, Eleanor Stevens, Clare O'Beirne
30 July 2014
Improving access to the professions is key to promoting social mobility. The legal profession is an aspirational career for many young people, but it is increasingly difficult for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access careers in the legal profession. Launched in September 2011, PRIME is a commitment to ensure fair and equal access to quality work experience in the legal profession for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. It sets out minimum standards for whom work experience should reach and what it should achieve. NFER has undertaken an independent evaluation of PRIME over the first two years of delivery. This report presents findings from the second year of PRIME, with work experience placements held between October 2012 and November 2013.
- Firms offered placements equivalent to 69% of the total number of training contracts
- 84% of students met the PRIME criteria. This represents a small increase compared with year one and suggests that firms are continuing to be successful in reaching students who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities
- 96% of students were satisfied with their placement and a similar proportion would recommend it to others