The City, University of London Solicitor Apprenticeship programme successfully launched in September 2016. This academic programme is a new route for aspiring solicitors that allows students to sign up straight from school to a six-year programme of combined study and paid work. Upon completion of the course, and in passing the requisite exams, the student will qualify as a solicitor. This route is seen as an alternative to the traditional pathway of taking a full-time university degree, followed by the legal practice course (LPC) or a training contract. The scheme is designed to widen participation and improve the diversity of the workforce, as well as being appealing to those looking for an alternative to full-time study.
The apprenticeship offers on and off the job learning, where some knowledge and skills will be taught away from the workplace. In order to demonstrate their ability apprentices are rigorously assessed in order to meet stringent requirements. The City Law School have entered into a unique partnership with CILEx Law School in order to deliver a blended online and face-to-face learning experience. As part of the face-to-face learning, the apprentice will be given a pathway through the part-time LLB in Legal Practice. The apprentice will spend four days of the week at their workplace benefiting from that organisation’s peer support and on the job experience; profiting from skills and an ethos that can only be learnt through practical day-to-day experience.
It is well known that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. The solicitors' apprenticeship programme will give your organisation the opportunity to benefit from guiding an apprentice to develop practical expertise and know-how that match your businesses requirements. In addition, the firm will receive government financial incentives for recruiting school leavers and another payment when apprentices qualify.
Firms will be responsible for the apprentice in a number of ways including supervision, working with The City Law School and CILEx and paying the apprentices salary.
The City Law School’s face-to-face element of this programme is delivered by current practitioners ensuring that each student benefits from real life experiences and current best practice know-how.
City has already linked with a large number of firms and organisations for the delivery of this programme to their solicitor apprentices including ITV, Charles Russel Speechlys, Slater & Gordon, the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, North Tyneside Council and Tandridge District Council amongst many others.
If you would like to find out more about the programme and its costs then please contact Stephen Laurie on 020 7040 0364.
Interview with ITV's Barry Mathews
ITV have been at the forefront of the Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship programme and have already committed to taking an apprentice into their in-house legal team. Watch our interview with Barry Matthews, Director of Legal Affairs & Third Party Sales at ITV, for reasons on why apprentices are important and what they can mean for careers and businesses.