Solicitor Apprenticeship: A New Way to QualifyPepperells
I have just gone into my fourth year of the Solicitor Apprenticeship at BPP University. The course is 6 years long and is made up of traditional LLB modules, Professional Practice modules, a portfolio of real-life work and finally the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam. I study remotely/on campus once a week and then work in Pepperells’ Hull office for the remaining four. I sit multiple exams and submit course work each year. Once I sit (and hopefully pass!) the SQE, I will be a fully qualified solicitor with a degree in Law and Legal Practice.
I chose this route as an alternative to the traditional university route. Whilst I enjoy the academic side of the apprenticeship, I believe working around skilled and experienced solicitors teaches me more than any book or exam. I am surrounded by already qualified colleagues who are able to assist me with my studies if I ever need it. The apprenticeship is especially advantageous when studying areas of law that I have dealt with in practice. There is a clear pattern between my highest grades and areas that I am experienced in e.g. Civil Litigation.
Another benefit of the apprenticeship is being in a class with other apprentices from firms all over the country. I have friends in all different areas of law and contacts I can call on if needed in the future.
I am pleased to be completing the apprenticeship with a reputable firm like Pepperells. The business is constantly growing and have recently opened a number of new offices. We offer services in lots of different areas and as such I will have the opportunity to gain experience in various areas of practice. I am looking forward to qualifying into the firm and seeing what the future holds.
Unfortunately, the apprenticeship is not well known about. I feel there is still a focus from colleges for students to go to university. The legal industry is constantly developing and as such, so should the way we learn. I believe qualifying via the apprenticeship has given me the skills to be the best possible solicitor I can be. Even though at times it can be a struggle to balance my work, studies and social life, I would recommend this route to any aspiring solicitors.
Learn more about the apprenticeship here:- https://www.bpp.com/courses/law/apprenticeships/solicitor-apprenticeship