Posted: Friday 20 April 2012
A recent report – covered here by the BBC – emphasises that the quality of teenagers’ work experience has a major impact on their future careers, but warns of the current system’s limitations. At present, half of all work experience placements are found through families’ existing social and business networks, potentially limiting social mobility and giving unfair advantages to young people from wealthier backgrounds.
Morton Fraser runs a work experience programme aimed at Scottish fifth year High School pupils who are considering a career in law. It offers five half days in our offices, working with different areas of the business, to give a flavour of the opportunities and the type of work which lawyers do. Work experience students are paired with a trainee in a different team each day and do a mix of work shadowing, research and quizzes aimed at educating them about the profession.
The firm actively encourages applications by young people from all backgrounds, and we strive to ensure that placements are offered to a healthy mix of pupils from both state and independent school backgrounds. Applications are made via the work experience section of this website, and the deadline for the next round of applications is 30 September.
We promote the work experience scheme amongst local schools, and combine it with other initiatives (including our support for the Scottish Schools Law Project) to inspire and encourage aspiring lawyers, as well as to increase the diversity of the profession.