Plexus Law has rolled out a new scheme to give law and non-law graduates the opportunity for alternative careers in the legal profession.
The firm’s new graduate pathways programme maps out routes into three starter legal roles, giving graduates or postgraduates the option to either train as solicitors or alternatively as team coordinators and technical analysts.
Plexus graduate recruitment partner Hilary Yeo said the scheme, which initially will be introduced in Leeds and Manchester, was developed in response to the state of the current legal market and the limited number of training contracts currently available.
“The idea of pathways is to allow people to play to their strengths and perhaps go down a different path in law,” Yeo added. “It also opens up different options for paralegals to encourage them to stay in the business.”
The graduates and postgraduates will enrol initially onto the firm’s core legal training scheme, which will equip them with essential legal skills.
After 12 months the graduates will have the opportunity to apply for a place on one of the pathways and if successful, they will spend two years developing a career at Plexus.
In order to achieve a place on a particular stream, the graduates will take part in a two-stage application process that will include assessments on practical and theoretical performance, followed by an interview and a presentation.
Yeo added that the firm aims to attract people from a wide range of backgrounds, and therefore it will offer a flexible application criteria to allow it to consider any additional qualifications and skills gained from previous roles.