Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is offering students the chance to gain a Level 4 higher apprenticeship in legal services, making it the only accredited university offering advanced and higher legal apprenticeships in the UK.
From September, MMU will offer the Level 4 programme (equivalent to first year degree) alongside its existing Level 3 Apprenticeship.
MMU is the only accredited UK University providing advanced and higher legal apprenticeships, which blend University learning with employment in leading law firms.
This new higher apprenticeship offers a specialist route for students, who can select from personal injury, commercial litigation, or debt recovery and insolvency pathways.
Apprenticeship students are employed full-time within the legal workplace, usually on a two-year contract. They are assessed in the workplace as to competency in legal knowledge and skills in areas such as legal research and communicating with clients. They also undertake exams in core subject areas.
MMU has a history in nurturing legal apprentices. In 2013 the university launched its Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which was a pilot programme in partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Employer Skills Group of local legal firms.
40 Manchester apprentices have just completed and attended a graduation ceremony at MMU’s £75m new faculty of Business and Law. They are the first to quality among the UK’s first 300 advanced legal apprentices.
The programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and lead to nationally recognised CILEx diploma awards.
Jackie Panter, Associate Head of Law for MMU, commented on the university’s legal programmes.
‘‘The success of the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship programme bodes very well for the new Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services.’’
‘‘These apprentices have made a real impact in the workplace and many are earning fees in paralegal roles. The fact that most employers have chosen to retain and give their apprentices permanent contracts and promotions is testimony to the value of the programme.’’