In association with the University of Exeter, Michelmores welcomed students to the Exeter office in February 2017 for a week’s work placement as part of the Pathways to Law work experience programme. This programme adheres to the commitments of ‘PRIME’, an alliance of law firms and legal departments across the UK who have made a commitment to broaden access to the legal profession.
Students taking place in the programme are exposed to what it is really like to be a lawyer at Michelmores, by completing a wide range of legal tasks and attending a variety of internal workshops. As part of the placement, Michelmores hold an annual Pathways to Law Reunion, which saw the students from law year’s programme returning to the office. Holding such events ensures students from each placement have the opportunity to stay in touch with the Firm as they progress through their studies.
Rosie Bolton, a student who completed the placement in February said:
‘My week at Michelmores was really useful for confirming my interest in law, as well as for gaining an experience of the different fields of law I could go into. An understanding of the different departments within law was not something I previously had – so the week’s work experience was highly valuable.’
Shannon Heals, another student who completed the placement said:
‘As well as working in the Employment team, I also attended events where I met people from different departments, for example meetings with the HR and Knowledge teams, and lawyers from Real Estate and Private Client, which varied the week and helped me to understand the differing relationships in the Firm. The week was planned efficiently, I made the most out of my time there and we were put into contact with anybody we found of interest – which went beyond my expectations of how I thought the week would plan out.’
For more information on the PRIME initiative, click here.