BPP announces lawyer apprenticeship scheme
11 January 2013
BPP Law School has announced plans to run an apprenticeship scheme which will enable school leavers to qualify as solicitors without going to university. It follows the government's decision to pump £1 million into funding 750 legal apprenticeships.
Government skills minister Matthew Hancock, announcing BPP's potential new goldmine in the Telegraph
, noted that while the typical route into lawyering involves years at uni (with £27k plus tuition fees) before getting to work, "there is no reason why you can't attain the same qualifications, without the degree, starting on the job training in an apprenticeship from day one
". Hancock is “especially excited
” about BPP's involvement, even if universities might not be.
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The move goes a step further than the current schemes
offered by the likes of Kennedys
under CILEx, through which degree-less participants qualify as legal executives, and it recalls the clerking route into firms which was common 50 years ago.
If all goes to plan expect to see legal providers and law firms fighting to sign the brainiest 18 year olds, setting them down an early path to the marriage-wrecking billing targets previously denied them.