Kennedys launches solicitor apprenticeships

Kennedys is to offer the government’s new Trailblazer solicitor apprenticeships.

The firm will offer six ‘Level 7’ apprenticeships, which will allow school leavers to work their way up to qualify as solicitors.

There are three different Trailblazer routes for law, leading to qualification either as a paralegal, legal executive or solicitor. Details of how they will be assessed were revealed by the government last September.

In addition to the six solicitor apprenticeships, which last six years, Kennedys will also run 16 of the two-year paralegal versions. It has partnered with BPP to run both programmes.

Apprentices will work in one of the firm’s network of offices across London, Chelmsford, Cambridge, Sheffield, Manchester, Taunton and Birmingham.

Apprentices who go through the solicitor apprenticeship will gain an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice as well as qualifying as a solicitor, while paralegal apprentices will also work towards BPP’s Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services, which can advance them straight to the second year of the solicitor apprenticeship programme if they so choose.

Kennedys HR Director Caroline Wilson said: “The new solicitor apprenticeships provide personal development as well as a route towards the highly valued qualification as a solicitor for those of our current apprentices who have already demonstrated the capabilities and attributes that we would expect of a trainee solicitor.

“Meanwhile, the paralegal apprenticeships will help us attract more people to the business from the widest pool of talent and allow us to offer them a platform for a long term future with our firm.”

While a number of firms have embraced the paralegal apprenticeship, only of few have opted to run the full solicitor one so far. They include Eversheds, which launched its scheme in March.