Thomas Eggar LLP launches new legal apprenticeship scheme

Law firm Thomas Eggar LLP has launched an innovative new legal apprenticeship to encourage A level students to start a career in law. Applications are being taken for a place in the property team of its Crawley office from September 2013.

Legal apprenticeships, created by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and Skills for Justice, give apprentices the opportunity to gain practical skills and a qualification in their selected legal specialist area while they work. These new qualifications are nationally recognised as part of a career path in law.

Representatives from Thomas Eggar will be visiting local schools and colleges to encourage students, who may not have considered a career in law, to think about this as a springboard into the legal profession and a credible alternative to university. The apprenticeship qualifications will be delivered by CILEx Law School.

Sarah Ball, Operations Director for Thomas Eggar said: “We wanted to introduce an apprenticeship scheme at Thomas Eggar to open up the opportunities for students to access a career in law. We recognise that going to University is not the right option for all, especially with the increasing costs of further education. Apprenticeships are an exciting and rewarding route to a career in law and we believe that our apprentices will make a valuable contribution to the firm.”

Jenny Pelling, Business Director of CILEx Law School said: “We’re delighted to work with such a progressive law firm as Thomas Eggar in delivering the training and assessment for their apprentices. Having been involved in the creation and planning of legal apprenticeships, it is excellent to see the firm making this route into law a reality.”

Applications for the apprenticeship scheme are being taken now through the Vision Apprentice website until the end of June 2013.

If you would like to find out more about employing legal apprentices please contact Sheena Griffith on 01234 844316.