A new solicitor apprenticeship scheme has been launched by a top law firm in Bristol to help students into the legal profession.
To mark National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March), Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is working with Bristol City Council to open up new avenues for those who want to work in law.
The first batch of successful candidates will start their roles in September this year, where they will begin a six-year course, with four years devoted to a law degree that involves distance learning and study days at university.
The apprentices will also be employed on a full-time basis, and in the final two years will join the newly qualified solicitor process.
Bristol-based Sam Lee, head of recruitment at WBD, said: "Hiring apprentices is absolutely the right thing to do in our sector, creating alternative avenues for people who believe that university isn't the right path for them.”
Head of the council’s legal service, Nancy Rollason, added: “We are keen to recruit dynamic people from a diverse range of backgrounds who will have the opportunity to contribute to the life of the city.”
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