There's no better way to find out if a career in law is for you than to experience it for yourself.

Work experience with Scotland's leading law firm gives you an insight into who we are, what we do and what's important to us as a business. Whether you're interested in becoming a lawyer, or prefer to focus on a business service specialism – such as marketing, IT, finance or HR – there are a diverse range of career opportunities to choose from.

With several work experience programmes available, you can find out more about each one using the links below.

PRIME

We are one of the founding members of PRIME, a pioneering project to encourage greater diversity in the legal profession.

Aimed at young people aged 16-18 who want to pursue a career in law, the programme includes work experience and mentoring for students in their senior year of school and provides an insight into all areas of our business.

To qualify for work experience, students must be in S4, S5 or S6 and fulfil a number of criteria specified by PRIME.

PRIME
S4/S5/S6

Applications to take part in PRIME 2024 are now open. Please complete your application form here

Our PRIME work experience will take place on the following dates at the specified locations. 

Glasgow  17 June 2024 - 21 June 2024

Edinburgh 24 June 2024 - 28 June 2024

Aberdeen 8 July 2024 - 11 July 2024

To qualify for work experience, students must be in S4, S5 or S6 (Scotland) and fulfil a number of criteria specified by PRIME.

At a state school
You’re attending, and have always attended, a state-funded, non-fee-paying school/college.

First to attend University

You grew up in a household where no parent or guardian attended University.

You must also meet one or more of the following (the more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to be offered a place on the programme):

  • You have been, or are currently, in local authority care.
  • You are currently in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary.
  • You are, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer.
  • You came to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker.
  • The occupation of your main household earner is categorised as a routine or manual occupation. A summary of this can be found here
  • You are attending a state school or college with:
    a) below average A-Level or Higher point score and/or
    b) low rate of progression to higher education.
    More information can be found here

Note: These criteria are not exhaustive and may be amended over time.

Please contact Wendy Murphy on workexperience@brodies.com or 0141 245 6293

During this programme you should expect to develop the following skills:

  • Communicating
  • Information sourcing
  • Teamwork
  • Relationship bundling
  • Judgement
  • Logical thinking
  • Independent thinking 

Virtual Work Experience

Our virtual work experience programme is designed for students in S4/S5/S6 to provide insight into the skills you need to study and practice law in the future. Legal research, drafting, time management, attention to detail are all covered, and we'll also help you understand the career path you need to take your first steps in your legal career.

The programme contains four tasks that can be completed at your own pace, each task will take around one hour to complete. When all four are complete you will receive a certificate that you can talk about on your CV or personal statement.

Register here
Virtual Work Experience
S4/S5/S6

Register by completing the opening questionnaire here and when complete we will send you your first task.

If you have any questions about the Virtual Work Experience Programme, please contact us at workexperience@brodies.com.

During this programme you should expect to develop the following skills 

  • Self-learning
  • Independent thinking
  • Self-motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Logical thinking
  • Critical reflection 

Read more about our early career experiences here.

Career Insight Days

Our Career Insight Days are for S4-S6 students looking to learn more about a career in law.

The day-long, interactive session provides an overview of who we are and the many roles within our firm.

Our current trainees and newly qualified lawyers will share their own insights and top tips on all aspects of career planning, from attending university to pursuing career ambitions – and we'll involve you in activities and workshops, including a mock court case, to test your communication and problem-solving skills.

Career Insight Days
S4/S5/S6

Applications to take part in our Career Insight Days 2024 are now open. Please complete your application form here

Our next Career Insight Days will take place on the following dates. 

Glasgow - 24 September 2024

Aberdeen - 1 October 2024

Edinburgh - 8 October 2024

You can register to attend our career insight days here.

During this programme you should expect to develop the following skills 

  • Information sourcing
  • Communicating
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Logical thinking
  • Independent thinking
  • Questioning 

Read more about our early career experiences here.

Modern Apprenticeships

We work closely with our apprenticeship provider to offer Modern Apprenticeship opportunities to young people.

Apprenticeships positions have been available throughout the firm in both legal and business services practice areas, including IT, marketing, business development, real estate and our secretarial function.

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Modern Apprenticeships
Age 16-24

Our modern apprentice vacancies are advertised here. If you are interested please apply directly to the email provided with your CV and cover letter.

If there are no current modern apprentice vacancies, you can submit your CV speculatively and your CV will be kept on file for 6 months with a view to considering you for future opportunities.

If you have any questions about applying please contact Sarah Thompson.

During this programme you should expect to develop the following skills

  • Self-motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability
  • Receiving information
  • Listening
  • Relationship building
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Logical thinking

Career Ready

We partner with Career Ready – a charitable body working with employers and schools to provide young people aged 15-18 with a programme of mentoring, internships and work experiences. 

The two-year programme provides young people with the support, experience and skills they require to find the right career path for them.

Career Ready
S5/S6

Please apply directly though Career Ready.

If you have any questions about applying please contact Sarah Thompson.

During this programme you should expect to develop the following skills:

  • Relationship building
  • Decision making
  • Listening
  • Receiving information
  • Independent thinking 
  • Responsibility
  • Adaptability 

My Career Ready experience - read Sergiusz's story here

Read more about our early career experiences here.

Entrepreneurial Scotland

We partner with Entrepreneurial Scotland, who are an independent charity that exists to equip future leaders and talent with the entrepreneurial skills, mindset and connections to create impact.

Entrepreneurial Scotland work with all of Scotland’s Universities which allows us to reach a significant talent pool and through a 12 week internship programme, we are able to provide an opportunity for talented and ambitious students.to partner with us on specific projects and provide a fresh perspective on the work we do.

Entrepreneurial Scotland

To apply you must be in your 3rd or 4th year at a Scottish University, and be part of the Saltire Scholars initiative.

If you’d like to know more information please contact peopleengagement@brodies.com

During the internship interns will work on a project of commercial significance and will gain exposure to all levels across the firm.

They will have an opportunity to present and talk through their findings to the Leadership team, and establish connections that will hopefully extend beyond their Graduation.

Help & advice

Get in touch with Wendy

For more information about PRIME, virtual work experience and career insight days. please contact Wendy.

Get in touch with Sarah

For more information about modern apprenticeships and Career Ready please contact Sarah.

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