Legal apprenticeships—Are they the key to fresh talent?

Legal apprenticeships—Are they the key to fresh talent?

Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular, with 2019 seeing a rise in the number of apprenticeships across the UK.

The legal profession adopted apprenticeships in 2016, with a scheme called Trailblazer. The scheme allows students to sign up straight from school, entering the programme which usually runs for five to six years. It enables them to undertake work-based learning and complete an assessment equalling a solicitor qualification.

Why are students attracted to apprenticeships?

The qualification is particularly attractive to students due to increasingly expensive university tuition fees. The apprenticeship scheme helps students avoid university debts and earn as they learn. As well as this it enables students to:

  • start a law career immediately after finishing school
  • gain necessary and CV boosting work experience with a top law firm
  • gain equivalent professional qualifications
  • learn from current legal practitioners
  • gain wider business skills, which are coveted in today’s ever-changing profession

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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.