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Resistance is futile

We can already be sure that the needs of the consumers are changing and it is the profession that is slow to react

13 March 2015

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week. Although apprenticeships have traditionally been associated with vocational trades, there is an ever-growing number of legal apprentices across the country.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route to qualification as a paralegal practitioner or chartered legal executive and, in an environment that is as volatile as the legal profession is right now, it might not be surprising that more and more firms are investigating ways to adapt to change. For school leavers, the opportunity to join a profession without the cost of a university education is also increasingly attractive.

You may be inclined to presume that apprenticeships are the reserve of smaller firms that would otherwise be unable to provide training to aspiring lawyers, but the reality is quite different. Regional firms, such as Bevan Brittan – which announced this week that it will commence apprenticeships across its offices from September &nda...

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