Is there a new non-conventional route into a career in law?
A number of law firms in England and Wales are looking to offer apprenticeships for young individuals who would like to pursue a career in law without a university degree. It will be interesting to see how successful they are and whether other law firms follow suit. In addition, is this likely to increase diversity within the legal sector?
Dozens of law firms across England and Wales are gearing up to offer apprenticeships that provide a non-conventional route to becoming a lawyer — even, in time, a judge — without going to university. The stimulus is the apprenticeship levy, which, from April, will tax employers’ payrolls, but allow them to reclaim money to fund apprenticeship training. From September last year new government Trailblazer programmes replaced the old training routes and, crucially, included solicitor apprenticeships, which are starting to take off.