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Dawn of a new retention rate?

North West firms’ take-up of apprenticeships shows an appetite for change in legal education, writes Jackie Panter

29 September 2015

On 3 September, the government announced five new apprenticeship standards for law. These range from apprenticeships for paralegals to apprenticeships leading to qualification as a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) lawyer, licensed conveyancer, or solicitor. With significant changes taking place in legal practice, the aim is to have new learning pathways to align current and future skills with the requirements of modern law firms. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) says this will drive up quality and improve access to the legal profession. 

Contextualising studies

In a pilot programme with the Greater Manchester Chamber ?of Commerce and the employer skills group of local firms, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has been delivering legal apprenticeships since 2013.  Slater and Gordon, Horwich Farelly, Davis Blank Furness, SAS Daniels, and Stephensons Solicitors are all engaged in the initiative.

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