New legal apprenticeship offers direct route to solicitor status

Mayer Brown has teamed up with The University of Law (ULaw), to become the first firm to offer the new “Articled Apprenticeship” programme, which includes a degree, postgraduate qualification and recognised training leading to qualification as a solicitor.

The firm is currently recruiting for an apprentice to join the programme in September 2015. The six year scheme, consists of a four year part-time LLB followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Professional Skills Course (PSC) to be completed in two years.

Candidates on the programme will be employed by Mayer Brown throughout the apprenticeship, whilst studying part-time at ULaw. They will spend their first 12 -18 months in Business Services departments to gain a broad understanding of how the firm operates before working within a number of practices within the London office.

Annette Sheridan, Global Chief HR Officer at Mayer Brown, said: “The Articled Apprenticeship programme is an exciting development which opens up a new route to a successful career as a solicitor. We have been working hard to introduce a programme that will nurture the talent of people who feel the traditional route to being a solicitor isn’t a viable option for them. We are delighted to launch this apprenticeship with the University of Law and look forward to welcoming our first apprentice.”

John Latham, CEO and President, ULaw, said: “We are delighted that Mayer Brown, one of the world’s major law firms, is embarking on this partnership with ULaw to provide Articled Apprenticeships for school leavers. This new six-year route to qualification as a solicitor gives employers a ground-breaking way to attract and nurture talent. It is in all our interests for sustaining a dynamic legal services market to recruit the most able people from all walks of life. It is great to have such a well-respected international firm to be leading on this initiative.”