City Firms Unite With In-house Teams To Launch Social Mobility Placements
Media and technology companies such as Yahoo, ITV and Microsoft have partnered with City firms Slaughter and May, Bird & Bird and Olswang to create legal work placements for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
The placements are subject to Prime guidelines, an existing commitment by many firms and in-house legal departments to offer social mobility work experience.
The programme will run over a fortnight this summer and will provide 20 sixth form students from four London schools to spend time in City law firms and media and tech legal departments. They will benefit from workshops on networking, self-awareness and resilience and be taught how law regulates the media and technology worlds.
The scheme was born from a programme by Slaughter and May and its client ITV, which ran last year. The other partnerships are between US-headquartered Arnold & Porter and Viacom (comprising Comedy Central, MTV and Paramount among others), Bird & Bird and Yahoo and Olswang and Microsoft.
Source: The Lawyer
(first published 29 July 2014)