A scheme that allows students with an interest in law as a career to taste life within the legal sector is active in Sheffield.
National law firm Irwin Mitchell welcomed five students from Thomas Rotherham College for work experience over the summer, as part of social mobility programme, PRIME.
All the 16 to 18 year olds, Georgia Gould, Victoria Peters, Paige Yellott, Charlotte Broadhurst and Jake Vickers, worked to a timetable so that they could experience as many aspects of law and as much of the day-to-day running of the firm, as possible.
The PRIME initiative is an alliance of law firms who seek to open up access to the profession with quality work experience accessible to all.
Irwin Mitchell has offered talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds the vital work experience for the past three years.
This year the students, most of whom are studying for A-levels, worked in different departments including medical negligence, serious injury, workplace injury, commercial litigation, insolvency, real estate, contentious probate, legal helpline and IT.
At the end of the week, the students delivered presentations on their week at IM. Their feedback was very positive.
The Irwin Mitchell team responsible for the PRIME project in Sheffield are solicitors Charlotte Civico, Marcelo Masri, Sinead Hayes, Katrina Edwards and legal executive Katie Winslow.
Charlotte Civico said: “In the past it was very much a case of ‘who you know’ in terms of getting good quality work experience in the legal sector. All students should be entitled to experience. It means in the future the mix of legal professionals will become more inclusive and diverse.”