Withers will recruit four apprentices to work within its employment, litigation and real estate departments, with the school leavers working towards becoming CILEx-qualified lawyers.
The four will take the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services taught by CILEx Law School.
Withers HR director Simon Luckett said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this scheme, which is ideal for bright A level students who are motivated to pursue a legal career which would otherwise have been denied them because of the cost of university education.
“This scheme makes an important contribution to the firm’s other social mobility programmes and will help to dispel common myths about the obstacles to seeking a career in law.”
CILEx Law School business director Jenny Pelling added that Withers’ adoption of apprenticeships showed the route’s potential for aspiring young lawyers.
Withers joins a host of firms which offer the Level 3 apprenticeship, such as Clyde & Co, DAC Beachcroft and Thomas Eggar.
Firms known to be running apprenticeship schemes
|Withers||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2014|
|Taylor & Emmet||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2014|
|Olham Council||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2014|
|BBC||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2014|
|Clyde & Co||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2014|
|Weightmans||CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2013|
|DAC Beachcroft||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2013|
|Mayer Brown||NVQ in Business Administration (courses may vary)||2013|
|Thomas Eggar||CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2013|
|Addleshaw Goddard||NVQ level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services||2013|
|Shoosmiths||CILEx Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships||2013|
|Field Fisher Waterhouse||CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice||2013|
|Browne Jacobson||CILEx Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration (supplemented with additional legal specific modules from CILEx Level 3 qualifications)||2012|
|Co-operative Legal Services||Apprenticeship academy||2012|
|Cartwright King||Non-legal roles||2012|
|Eversheds||Paralegal and non-legal roles||2011|
|Norton Rose Fulbright||Non-legal roles||2011|