Kennedys launches legal apprenticeship for school leavers

Kennedys has launched a legal apprenticeship scheme to offer school leavers the opportunity to practice law without a degree.

The legal apprentices will be working towards taking on roles as litigation executives at the firm, and will start on an annual salary of between £14,000 and £18,000 depending on location.

Successful candidates can choose to work at its Chelmsford, London, Maidstone, Manchester or Sheffield offices for the three year apprenticeship, which will be split into two parts.

The first part of the apprenticeship is a one-year introductory programme, which will combine a competency element and a knowledge element. The apprentices will then be required to sit the ILEX legal environment paper.

Following the completion of the first year, the apprentice can apply for the two-year advanced apprenticeship that will immerse them in a host of legal work and equip them with key legal skills.

To apply for the unique apprenticeship scheme, Kennedys requires the ideal candidate to have at least eight GCSEs at A* to B grade and be expecting to gain at least three A levels at A* to B grade.

The application deadline is 27 April 2012, and will consist of an online application form and ability tests. The short-listed students will then be asked to attend an interview and an assessment day.

The news follows the announcement that BPP Law School is planning to launch a Legal Apprenticeship Scheme in autumn 2012 (6 February 2012).