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updated on 03 September 2021
National law firm Ashfords has launched a six-year solicitor apprenticeship as an alternative route to qualifying as a solicitor.
The pathway will enable apprentices to earn while working and studying towards a qualifying law degree and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), with BPP University Law School named as the firm’s training provider. The six-year pathway will require 20% off the job learning, which will be conducted virtually.
Applicants are expected to have at least three A levels (A*-C) “or equivalent experience in the firm and consistently good performance ratings”.
Two current paralegals at the firm, Shannon Heals and Beth Stevens, are due to start their solicitor apprenticeship to become Ashfords’ first solicitor apprentices.
Meanwhile, Norton Rose Fulbright, Allen & Overy and DLA Piper have also introduced new apprenticeship schemes, with apprentices due to start on DLA Piper’s scheme this month in its Manchester office.
Explore LCN’s legal apprenticeship vacancies page for a list of positions available at various law firms and organisations and visit the SQE Hub to find out more about the changes to qualification.