Our apprentice, Molly who is currently 19, has undertaken work experience with us previously and her intention was to study criminology at university and then undertake the solicitor’s conversion course and qualify as a solicitor. Molly attended Kenilworth Sixth Form and took up a place at Durham University, but due to severe illness in her first term she decided to take a broader look at her options.
“After falling ill at university, I was no longer able to attend which led me to look at other options for my future. After looking into Law in more depth and seeing the changes made to the route for qualifying as a solicitor, I found that a degree apprenticeship in law was the best option for me because I will still obtain a degree and will also gain 6 years’ experience which will enable me to put my learning into real life training. I felt that this would be more beneficial to my learning and my future as it provides you with everything you need to excel and become a qualified solicitor.”
The entry route to qualify as a solicitor was changed by the SRA in 2021 and a conversion course is no longer the only route to qualification. A degree and sitting the SQE examinations, along with 2 years qualifying work experience is now the requirement. After further research, Molly decided that the Solicitors Apprentice route would be preferable and would mean that she could gain her degree, SQE and gain valuable workplace experience and all without the expense of university fees and then taking professional qualifications.
Molly will work four days a week and will have a scheduled day away from the office to study and complete coursework. The scheme will ensure that at the end of the 6 years she will be a qualified solicitor and will already have 6 years industry experience.
“The whole Hall Reynolds team is excited about Molly coming on board. The decision to take on an apprentice was helped by the guidance and advice of BPP and the fact that we can essentially grow and develop our own talent whilst assisting someone achieve their dreams.” Katy Taylor, Partner.
“The whole Hall Reynolds team is excited about Molly coming onboard. The decision to take on an apprentice was helped by the guidance and advice of BPP and the fact that we can essentially grow and develop our own talent whilst assisting someone achieve their dreams.” Katy Taylor, Partner.
BPP University Law School has delivered market-leading paralegal and solicitor apprenticeships since 2016, when the new Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeship Standards first became available. The growth of apprenticeships and the introduction of the Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) in 2021 has created opportunities for law firms to shape the future education and training of their early talent, introduce new career pathways and diversify their talent pools. It has also created opportunities for us to develop programmes for apprentices and graduates that will meet the rigours of the proposed new assessments and meet the demands of law firms for their future lawyers to be even better prepared for practice. We are able to offer apprenticeship models for both post A-Level and graduate entry, alongside non-apprenticeship graduate pathways, all of which enable employers to utilise the apprenticeship levy.
If you’d like to find out more about how you could be the next Hall Reynolds Apprentice (not the TV programme!) contact us on 01789 772955 or email@example.com.