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Apprentice to legal executive to solicitor

Russell Conway embraces the alternative routes to qualification in a dog-friendly environment

17 February 2015

Last week I interviewed
a group of aspiring apprentices. They were all between 16 and 19, wanted a career in law and were anxious to avoid the mountain of debt that goes hand in hand with the cost of a degree.

I took on an apprentice last year. She was bright, with top-drawer academics, and did
a great job all year. I kept her on
as an apprentice at the end of her year and she has now morphed into a trainee legal executive. These are just titles, but when you are 18, titles matter quite a lot.

During that first year she helped the reception staff, constructed a new archiving system, learned how to clerk
at court and did any manner
of other clerical tasks around
the office. She was an extremely popular member of the team.

I have to admit there was a degree of culture shock, in that this was not a trainee or an int...

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