Apprenticeship application form – Irwin Mitchell September 2019
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When I finished my a-levels and decided not to go straight to university I got a job as an office junior in a local law firm. While working there I learnt to touch type and was promoted to a secretarial role.
I left school at 16 and am now a qualified solicitor and legal team leader. When I left school at 16 I didn't know what I wanted to do, so I got a place on the Gloucestershire County Council apprenticeship scheme doing an NVQ in business administration. When I received my work placement I discovered that I was going to be working in the legal department. After about a year I had completed my NVQ and found myself becoming interested in the law.
“I knew about the CILEx route because my uncle was a Chartered Legal Executive, and it seemed like a good career choice. I got a job at Hand Morgan & Owen, Solicitors straight from school after completing my A Levels, and enrolled on my first CILEx courses at the same time.
“Before I completed my law degree at university, I knew I did not want to undertake the LPC course. I wanted to first obtain experience in the work place to be sure that I wanted to progress with a legal career. I met colleagues during my first role who were training to become Chartered Legal Executives and this inspired to do the same.
I left the Army after 22 years of service having enrolled with CILEx Law School on my first CILEx courses a year before I left the Army. These gave me the foot in the door that I needed to get into the world of law. I started off in the courts service in Fine Enforcement and then moved to work in the Commercial Recoveries team at Blake Lapthorn, a law firm with a national reputation listed in the Legal 500.
Law courses for service personnel – Christopher Spoors, Trainee Legal Executive, Andrew & Andrew LLP
I joined the Royal Navy after leaving school with only GCSEs and AS level Psychology. After serving for ten years I decided to try to fulfil my niggling desire to pursue a career in law. My research led me to the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and CILEx Law School (CLS).
I decided to study law after seeing the film Legally Blonde. I just woke up the next morning and thought: “I know! I'll go to law school.” So that’s how it started.
Law was always something I was interested right from the off, however during a careers events at school the advisor told me I wasn’t smart enough. As a result of this blow I didn’t pursue this career at that time, however after working in various jobs I decided to enrol on a law degree as a mature student.