DAS Law welcomes new intake to Graduate Academy

DAS Law has welcomed a new intake to its innovative Graduate Academy, with seven aspiring lawyers joining our 2018 apprenticeship programme.

Starting in September, the academy takes the form of a three-year apprenticeship scheme which enables law graduates to embark on a legal career without the uncertainties of securing a formal training contract.

“There is a huge gap in the market for talented law graduates who wish to pursue a structured training course outside the usual solicitor training contract…this scheme is aimed squarely at them”

William Ellerton, DAS Law

Using funding from the Government’s apprenticeship scheme, the academy focuses on learning and development through practical experience. Graduates are given responsibility at an early stage and work towards taking on their own cases within the first year, under the supervision of senior team members.

Alongside learning more about the law and how to apply it, the academy also covers all of the additional skills that graduates will need to build a successful legal career, including a focus on communication, drafting, negotiation, advocacy and client care.

On completion of the course, graduates will become qualified Chartered Legal Executives with the opportunity to join one of DAS Law’s core legal departments – Litigation, Employment, Legal Advice or Personal Injury (PI).

“[These apprenticeships] are a wonderful opportunity for law graduates, and it was great to hear that we were DAS Law’s standout choice of partner.”

Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School

Will Ellerton, Head of Litigation and Dispute Management at DAS Law, said: “I am very excited about our Graduate Academy. There is a huge gap in the market for talented law graduates who wish to pursue a structured training course outside the usual solicitor training contract.

“This scheme is aimed squarely at them and makes use of the government’s apprenticeship levy which is an excellent but under-used scheme within the legal industry.”

“This is a great opportunity to qualify as a lawyer while studying and working in a legal environment. I’m really excited to have joined the grad scheme.”

Lucy Kenyon, law graduate

For the first time DAS Law will be formally working with CILEx Law School (CLS) for the provision of the apprenticeships. Jenny Pelling, CILEx Law School’s Director of Business and Apprenticeships, said: “We are delighted to be working with DAS Law to provide these apprenticeships.

“They are a wonderful opportunity for law graduates, and it was great to hear that we were DAS Law’s standout choice of partner. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Law graduate Lucy Kenyon is among the new intake, and commented: “This is a great opportunity to qualify as a lawyer while studying and working in a legal environment. I’m really excited to have joined the grad scheme.”

The initiative supersedes DAS Law’s original Graduate Academy which was successfully launched in 2016 and comprised a two-year course focussing solely on PI.

Pictured (left-right): Emyr Gwynne-Thomas, Saif Ahmad, Ciaran Gibson-Spain, Lucy Kenyon, Luke McKellar, Charlotte Cowgill, Michael Wallace.