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Legal apprenticeships: What you need to know

Kayleigh Leonie asks whether the offer of a cheaper route into the profession is too good to be true

26 January 2016

In September 2015,
the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published the assessment, terms, and standards for legal apprenticeships, which include solicitors, chartered legal executives, and paralegals.
The government is committed to creating three million new apprenticeships by 2020.

The proposed changes allow for an individual to qualify as a solicitor without undertaking a degree. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has said the first legal trainees could join the trailblazers scheme as early as September 2016.

To qualify, a legal apprentice will need to meet standards
that correspond to the SRA's statement of competence.
The intention is that by allowing individuals to qualify as solicitors through the apprenticeship route, access to the profession will be opened up and diversity increased. There has also been speculation that by al...

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