The world’s largest law firm, Dentons, has announced it will join the apprenticeships revolution when it launches its own level 7 trailblazer apprenticeships as part of a deal with legal training company BPP. The Dentons news follows a similar deal with Burges Salmon back in March.
Dentons’ CEO for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Jeremy Cohen, welcomed the news, saying: “Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of our firm’s culture, and we already work with a number of organisations with the objective of increasing access to the profession from under-represented groups. By broadening our recruitment activities to a much more diverse talent pool the apprenticeship programme advances Dentons’ commitment to the social mobility agenda a stage further.
“We are very excited to be launching this initiative which will enable us to access talent that may be put off by the costs of university tuition or want to enter work at an earlier stage.”
An opportunity to kick start a legal career earlier
Under the trailblazer scheme, apprentices will follow the course for six years in order to qualify as a solicitor. Under the scheme, apprentices will split their time between Dentons, undertaking paid paralegal-level work, and completing an LLB in Legal Practice at BPP.
Tricia Chatterton, director of legal apprenticeship programmes at BPP, echoed Cohen’s sentiments, saying “The new solicitor apprenticeship scheme will enable Dentons to continue developing the best legal talent in the industry, and provide ambitious young people with the opportunity to kick-start their legal careers earlier.