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Solicitor General meets apprentice law degree students

To celebrate National Apprenticeships Week 2015, Robert Buckland QC MP visits Addleshaw Goddard law firm to meet law students

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Solicitor General and 2 law student apprentices at Addleshaw Goddard

Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP talks to law apprentices at Addleshaw Goddard law firm.

As part of National Apprenticeships Week, the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, today visited law firm Addleshaw Goddard, one of the first Law Firms in the country to offer a law qualification up to degree level.

The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland said:

Higher apprenticeships offer a real alternative to University. Apprenticeships are available right up to degree level, providing a new entry route into professions from accountancy to law and space engineering.

Addleshaw Goddard are pioneers in this Legal Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme. They are offering young people the chance to qualify as a Solicitor and giving them a fantastic opportunity to learn the law in a professional environment, without ever setting foot in a University.

The students get the chance to work on live cases from beginning to end, which will give them the tools and confidence they will need for a future in the legal profession. And, just as vital, they get paid to learn.

The Trailblazers Apprenticeship in Law initiative is an employer-led group which helps shape future Apprenticeship Standards for occupations in the legal sector.

Gun Judge, Chair of the Legal Trailblazer said:

There’s never been a better time to start a law apprenticeship. The Legal Trailblazer Scheme enhances the alternative to the traditional route into law - opening the doors to a more diverse talent stream entering the profession.

Our apprentices create a huge contribution to the firm, charging just under £700,000 from Sept ‘13 - Oct ‘14 from clients. And we will be looking to hire more.

Legal apprentices from Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester, Jamie-Lee Harris and Marianne O’Reilly (pictured with the Solicitor General) said:

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Never a year into my law career did I think I would be working on one of the largest cases in the commercial court. Addleshaw Goddard has given me a great start to my legal career

The apprenticeship with Addleshaw Goddard is an incredible opportunity. I have been given the chance to complete a variety of legal tasks which I feel has really prepared me for a career in law

Addleshaw Goddard currently has 8 apprentices who started September 2013 and is now recruiting 10 apprentices for Manchester and 2 in Leeds for this September – Addleshaw Goddard website

If you’re a first year A-level student and think you might want to be part of the Addleshaw Goddard apprenticeship programme, visit the firm’s website to find out more.

National Apprenticeships Week is a joint Government initiative by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

For more information about Addleshaw Goddard, please contact Gun Judge on 020 7606 8855. Gun Judge has chaired a committee of employers, professional associations and regulators from across the legal profession to define new Apprenticeship Standards for occupations in the legal sector. The standards meet the requirements specified by ILEX Professional Standards Limited (IPS) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive or Solicitor. On 20 August 2014 the Government approved the proposed Trailblazer standards.

Published 10 March 2015