Encouraging diversity in the legal profession and helping schoolchildren broaden their skills

Brodies is a founding member of PRIME, a pioneering initiative by the UK's leading law firms to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession by offering quality work experience and continuing support to young people from less privileged backgrounds.

We are committed each year to offering students aged 13-17 the opportunity to take part in a structured work experience programme that is co-ordinated and delivered by Brodies staff representing departments across our business.

The programme delivers a minimum of 30–35 hours of work experience and is designed to give the young people involved an insight into all aspects of our business, not just law but also our professional support services, such as IT, Finance, HR and Marketing.

We continue to develop our relationship with Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh and Drumchapel High School, Glasgow along with a host of other schools across the central belt, the borders and the North of Scotland. As of June 2015 we now also offer the PRIME experience in our Aberdeen office. Last summer we ran 3 PRIME sessions across each of our office locations (Edinburgh Glasgow and Aberdeen) with 10 students joining us each week. They spent their time developing skills in a wide variety of areas such as communication, presentation, networking, negotiation and team working.

We look forward to developing long-term relationships with the schools and pupils involved. It is very important to us that our support for the young people continues beyond the end of their work experience and we offer additional coaching and mentoring for all participants as they continue on to higher education or the start of their professional working lives.

This valuable initiative, benefits both the young people involved and the legal profession as a whole.