updated on 13 January 2020
NLS, which is part of Nottingham Trent University, has taken on the training of 15 CPS solicitor apprentices for 2020, with annual intakes of around 10 apprentices expected in future years.
The solicitor apprenticeship is a six-year programme. Over the course of their training, the apprentices will complete a four-year distance learning law degree, with the final two years then focused on preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.
On completion of their apprenticeships, the candidates will be qualified solicitors and will progress into crown prosecutor roles at the CPS.
Patrick Harwood, head of learning and development at the CPS said: “We are proud to be able to offer this opportunity to employees aspiring to become fully qualified crown prosecutors. Our partnership with NLS allows employees from diverse backgrounds to access high quality training and hone their operational skills and knowledge. We are committed to supporting individual careers as part of our Prosecutor Pathway scheme and developing the future generation of legal professionals.”