Mayer Brown recruits two legal apprentices via unique programme

Mayer Brown has become the first law firm in the City of London to offer legal apprenticeships, which comes as good news to those thinking about pursuing a legal a career who aren’t sure about going to university.

Unique opportunity

The international law firm initially decided to hire just one legal apprentice via a unique learning programme in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw).

Mayer Brown has confirmed that Rosie Ahmadi, 20 and David Elikwu, 21 are the first recipients of the new programme. The course ‘‘combines part-time study and work to provide an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor.’’

Both candidates achieved exceptionally high grades at sixth form and college, with Elikwu completing one year of a Law undergraduate degree at City University, before leaving to intern at Google. Ahamdi is more familiar with Mayer Brown, having previously joined the law firm’s business services apprenticeship in December 2013.

Long road ahead

Ahmadi and Elikwu’s apprenticeship journey has already begun, with the two starting their six-year stint with Mayer Brown on September 7th. The two apprentices will undertake a four year part-time LLB followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and then a two-year Professional Skills Course (PSC).

During the first nine months of their apprenticeship, Ahmadi and Elikwu will commence a nine month rotation in the Business Intake and Information Centre departments in Mayer Brown’s London office.

‘‘The calibre of applicants who put themselves forward for this apprenticeship was extremely high, therefore we decided to offer a legal apprenticeship to two people,’’ commented Annette Sheridan, global chief HR officer at Mayer Brown.

‘‘I am delighted to welcome our inaugural apprentices — Rosie and David — to the firm and I look forward to watching their progress as they develop their future careers.’’

‘‘The Articled Apprenticeship gives talented people like them, who have decided against full-time study, a credible alternative to qualification as a solicitor,’’ continued Sheridan.

Legal apprenticeships are certainly becoming more common across the UK. In July, Apprentice Eye reported that Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) is now 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.