Law apprenticeships gain momentum in 2013

Plexus is one example of a law firm hiring apprentices

Plexus is one example of a law firm hiring apprentices

2012 saw a growth in legal apprenticeships and this figure is expected to rise in 2013. Last year saw the launch of formal apprenticeship schemes from several respected firms who recognised the benefits it could bring to their company.

In the Association of Law Teachers’ annual lecture, Lord Upjohn put the expense of following a career in law at around GBP100,000 which could affect the talent pool from which law firms recruit from. He says: “A less diverse profession is an impoverished one, one less able to reflect and support a flourishing democracy committed to the rule of law.”

Plexus Law has recently taken on seven apprentices. Graduate recruitment partner at Plexus, Hilary Yeo, says: “Times have changed. Firms are much more of a business now than simply a law firm. We thought if we ran a more formal scheme then it would replicate what we’ve had by accident, in terms of people growing up with the firm.”