Magic Circle London firm Linklaters has taken in eight young people to begin its solicitor apprenticeship programme this month.
The firm says that it will provide world-class training, ongoing development, and financial support for those interested in a career in commercial law, but who don’t see themselves going to university.
The programme is aimed at school leavers without a degree, and is open to anyone, regardless of socio-economic background.
The contract length is six years – four years as an apprentice and two as a trainee.
Salary is Stg £25,000 in the first year, increasing every year, plus an initial sign-on bonus of £1,500.
The work and study pattern is for one day of study and four days on-the-job training per week in the Linklaters London office.
Candidates are assigned to a legal practice area and will rotate departments every 12 months. They will attend Linklaters’ legal-training courses and have access to professional-development sessions and events.
In each department, a senior lawyer will be on hand for training and supervision.
Interested candidates will need two As and B at A-Level or equivalent.
Each application is reviewed in detail and takes extenuating circumstances into account.
Applicants must not have completed a degree and must have the right to work in Britain.
Applications for 2024 open in late October.
Linklaters senior partner Monaghan native Aedamar Comiskey (small picture) said that she was delighted to see the programme up and running.
“This gives us even greater access to the top talent in the market,” she said.