International law firm Hill Dickinson has launched a recruitment initiative this November for six new legal apprentices to join its offices in Liverpool and Manchester next autumn. This will be the firm’s third annual intake of apprentices, and it will be delivered by CILEx Law School.
The apprentices will follow the CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. This is a two-year structured programme which provides a vocational qualification, but also contributes towards the training route to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer.
Whilst the apprentices develop their skills and knowledge they will be involved from the outset in preparing court bundles, drafting documents from templates and other file-progression tasks, as well as assisting with administration.
Hill Dickinson’s Head of People and Talent, Sarah Pickerill said: “The young people we are recruiting as legal apprentices will play a key role in the future of the firm. The legal apprenticeship route is an ideal way of teaching young people the specialist skills needed to deliver first-class legal services to our clients and the success of this scheme over the past two years is testament to this. By way of demonstration we have recently celebrated the success of legal apprentice, Jessica Gallagher, from our Manchester office, who gained the joint highest mark in the country in her Tort Law module.”
Jenny Pelling, Business Director of CILEx Law School, said: “Hill Dickinson has long been a supporter of the CILEx qualification. Legal apprenticeships are a natural fit for the firm. This route into law is increasingly being recognised by our clients as an ideal recruiting tool for the stars of the future”.
The CILEx Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services attracts public funding for young people aged 18-24, with employers paying an increased proportion of training fees for older candidates. Employers pay the apprentices a salary which must meet the minimum wage but legal services organisations usually pay more. The programme incorporates workplace skills, known as competence units, as well as CILEx law and legal practice units which can be selected according to the area of legal practice in which the legal apprentice will be placed. These CILEx units can be used towards the first stage of professional training for a Chartered Legal Executive. Read more about the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.
To find out how legal apprenticeships could benefit your organisation please contact Jenny Pelling on 01234 844326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .