November 06, 2012
Latham & Watkins’ London office hosted 10 students from high schools in central London for a weeklong work experience programme, as part of the firm’s participation in the PRIME social mobility initiative.
PRIME aims to provide access to quality work experience to school-age students from less privileged backgrounds. The long term goal of PRIME is to encourage through work experience “talented, ambitious and motivated students [to consider] the full range of careers available in the legal sector - from Law and IT to Marketing and HR.”
The students were assigned mentors and participated in a full curriculum of training, activities and presentations during the course of the week, including presentations of the different practice areas and support functions, workplace skills, and a “London Legal Tour”, which involved the students experiencing the Four Inns of Court and visiting the Royal Courts of Justice.
Latham & Watkins partner Jay Sadanandan, one of the firm’s PRIME ambassadors, said: “We are thrilled to participate in this very important initiative. Breaking into a profession without real practical knowledge or experience can be both daunting and difficult. The SEO Scholars were great ambassadors for their schools and showed tremendous talent and ability.”
“We hope the programme provided a tangible sense for working in the legal profession and, ultimately, encourages these students to consider a career as a lawyer or in one of the many important administrative areas that provide invaluable support to a law firm. Certainly, as mentors to the students and a firm sponsor of the PRIME initiative, we benefitted greatly in hosting this weeklong work experience programme. These young students showed great promise which is very encouraging for the future of the profession,” added partner Nigel Campion-Smith, a fellow PRIME ambassador in the firm’s London office.
Nick Cline, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in London, said: “I have been impressed with all the students’ level of motivation and willingness to learn. I hope that their enthusiasm and hard work in the future leads them to consider a career in the legal field.”