Blacks Solicitors has taken an important step in investing in the legal profession by launching a new apprenticeship scheme for paralegals. This initiative is aimed at widening the opportunities for those looking to enter the legal profession, beyond traditional university programs. The apprenticeship program will take two years to complete and requires 96 UCAS points for entry. Two apprentices, Bella Birkett and James MacKenzie, have already joined the scheme and will be working initially in the Residential Property team. Over the course of their training, they will gain experience in different areas of law and receive rigorous training in various legal disciplines, while also having considerable client contact.
Paralegals are extremely valuable to any legal team, and their work involves supporting other legal professionals by assisting in the preparation of legal documents, managing cases, and carrying out research to enable other lawyers to work more effectively. Furthermore, their professionalism and legal knowledge can sometimes be the crucial factor in improving the client’s experience with the legal system. This apprenticeship investment, which receives inclusive talent from diverse backgrounds, results in an enriching and efficient training process that will enable individuals to qualify as lawyers, even without traditional legal education.
Blacks Solicitors also offers a solicitor apprenticeship program that takes six years to complete and is suitable for those with no prior legal education, requiring 128 UCAS points for entry, as well as a Graduate Solicitor apprenticeship program that requires two and a half years to complete. The training partner at Blacks Solicitors, Tom Moyes, stated that investing in apprenticeship schemes makes good business sense as it gives opportunities to talented candidates and allows individuals to train and qualify as lawyers.
The new apprentices will work alongside other legal professionals at the firm to develop their knowledge and gain industry experience. To date, Blacks Solicitors has celebrated the qualification of two apprentices who have successfully completed the Level 7 solicitor apprenticeship scheme over six years and currently has ten apprentices at the firm. Bella Birkett – one of the new paralegal apprentices- was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work at Blacks, and shared her excitement for gaining first-hand experience in the legal sector alongside working towards obtaining a qualification.