Arnold & Porter—Accelerate

Arnold & Porter offers work experience to Year 12 students who are interested in pursuing a career in law. Recognising that entering the profession can be extremely difficult, especially for those from less-advantaged backgrounds, we are committed to improving access to the legal profession through our work experience programme.

Programme Overview

Week 1: Students spend a week in our London office, gaining valuable insight into life at the firm and taking part in various talks and activities.

» Learn more about our London Office

Week 2: Students spend a day at five different organisations as part of the Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP).

» Visit the SMBP website


Students are offered an A&P mentor as part of a structured mentoring programme through our partnership with Mentoring Works.

» Read more about Mentoring Works

Additional Information

  • Lunch and travel costs* will be provided.
  • Location: At present, we are planning to run the programme virtually. However, the programme will run in person if we are able to do so.


We are looking for enthusiastic students who are interested in a career in law. Additionally, students must meet both sets of conditions listed below, created by both Arnold & Porter and PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK and Republic of Ireland that is committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience.

» Read more about PRIME

Arnold & Porter Criteria

Students who participate must:

  • Be in Year 12
  • Want to pursue a career in law
  • Have achieved an average GCSE Grade of 5.5 or above
  • Attend, and have attended from aged 11, a state-funded, nonfee-paying school/college
  • Have grown up in a household where no parent or guardian attended university

PRIME Criteria

In addition to the Arnold & Porter standards listed above, students also must*:

  • Be in receipt of, or have previously received, free school meals, Pupil Premium, Education Maintenance Allowance and/or 16 to 19 Bursary
  • Have been, or currently be, in local authority care (for a period of three months or longer)
  • Be, or have been, a full-time or part-time carer
  • Come to the UK as a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Be attending a state school or college with:

    • Below average A-Level or higher point score, and/or
    • Low rate of progression to higher education

*Students have to meet only one or more of the PRIME criteria. Also, young people who meet the local-authority-care criterion do not need to meet any other PRIME criterion.

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

Key Dates

The programme runs once a year during the summer holidays and students need to be available for both weeks to take part in the programme.

  • 31 January 2021: Applications open
  • 31 March 2021: Applications close
  • April: Telephone interviews take place
  • 2–6 August 2021: Arnold & Porter Week takes place
  • 9–13 August 2021: SMBP Week takes place

Application Process

If you would like to apply, please contact us directly via email.

» Apply now

Email Disclaimer