Prime opportunity as students get a taste of legal life

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Students learned about life in the legal profession when they gave up some of their holiday to take part in a work experience scheme at the law firm Blake Morgan.

A group of seven young people drawn from Peter Symonds College in Winchester, Barton Peveril College in Chandler’s Ford and Portsmouth College took part in the scheme over three days of the October half term.

The placements were part of the PRIME Access to Law work experience scheme, an initiative which sees law firms create work experience for young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity. Blake Morgan is one of the founding members of the scheme.

During the week, the students, who are studying law-related courses at college, heard from representatives from the firm’s specialists in areas such as commercial services, built environment and business support and found out about the wide range of potential careers in the legal profession.

They spent a day shadowing a trainee solicitor at the firm and also took part in a recruitment workshop in which they learned about CV-writing, contracts, interview techniques and the various routes into a career in law.

Siobhan Clarke, graduate recruitment and development officer at Blake Morgan, said: “The students were all very switched on and eager to learn.

“Blake Morgan is a long-standing supporter of PRIME, which is one of a number of schemes the firm takes part in to help mentor young people who otherwise may not feel they have the opportunity to consider law as a potential career.

“We had some very positive feedback from the young people and hope that we have inspired them to go on to develop their interest in law.”

Pictured, left to right, are: Alex Clift, 17, of Peter Symonds College; Amy McManus, 17, of Barton Peveril College; Tafadzwa Mupfururi, 19, of Portsmouth College; Sonal Master, 17, of Peter Symonds College; Brooke Milne, 17, of Barton Peveril College and Kimberleigh Hendrikse, 18, of Barton Peveril College. Richard Standing, 17, also of Barton Peveril, took part in the scheme but is not pictured.