Since 2016, the number of organisations launching legal apprenticeship schemes has steadily grown. We asked some to share their insights on the process, and their apprentices to tell us what their experience has been like.
The chance to work within a law firm without a degree and have the chance to study at the same time seemed too good to be true.
Leah Greenwell, apprentice at Sintons LLP.
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I wanted to be academically engaged and have a good impact on my community.
Jake Reilly, apprentice at Dentons.
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Don't be afraid to ask questions - everyone at the firm is aware that you are only just starting out in the legal industry.
Sydney Lee, apprentice at Charles Russell Speechlys.
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The apprenticeship scheme is an exciting route into a career in law.
Hope Gallant, apprentice at Womble Bond Dickinson.
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The apprenticeship ... was a great opportunity to obtain a degree whilst still receiving the experience and skills to be a solicitor.
Daniel Shaw, apprentice at Clarion
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... the apprenticeship programme ... will enable you to build and develop on different skills that you will use throughout your career.
Megan Capper, apprentice at BLP Law
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... the introduction sessions held at Muckle were also very informative
Ben Evans, apprentice at Muckle LLP
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...the apprenticeship scheme ... offered hands-on learning and practical skills whilst also earning. It was a double win.
Caroline Rayner-Jones, apprentice at LCF Law
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As far as the newly gained skills go, professionalism is the most valuable to me. I am so much more confident
Elliot Hawes, apprentice at Burges Salmon
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The apprenticeship has given me more confidence and improved my communication skills.
Annie Armstrong, apprentice at Addleshaw Goddard
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For me, apprenticeship was a better option because you are actually working within law, learning from the solicitors and earning money whilst you’re doing it.
Gemma Sparks, apprentice at the Royal National Life Boat Institution
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The apprenticeship route into law
In 2016 we produced a booklet of five case studies to help employers understand why businesses are recruiting apprentices and highlighting some of the issues which need to be considered.
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One apprentice - Chelsie McIntosh, a legal apprentice at Withersworldwide - shares her story in this video:
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See what other apprentices have said about their experiences:
One great thing about Trailblazer is that you’ll finish with a degree in law.
Ella Pearson, Eversheds’ Trailblazer apprentice
The ability to study while putting it all into practice has been fantastic.
Nick Read, apprentice with Kennedys
You’re in the job day-to-day, you can see exactly how the business runs. I also like the fact that when you study something, you can put it into practice the very next day.
Emily Belfield, apprentice at Browne Jackson