Browne Jacobson paves the way for law apprenticeships

Law firm Browne Jacobson is paving the way for law apprenticeships, working with officials from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Department of Education, alongside a number of UK law firms, on the trailblazer initiative.

The newly approved trailblazer standards, due to launch in 2015, outline the competences that apprentices must be able to undertake as part of their route to qualification as a solicitor, chartered legal executive or paralegal.

Legal services manager Sally Swift, who is leading the project said: “The new standards are a game-changer and fantastic news for those young people who want to carve out a career in the legal profession but do not wish to take the traditional route through university. Over time they will change the landscape to qualification and training contracts for all law firms and as a firm we are delighted to have played a significant role in their development.”