• The University of Law announces Legal Services Apprenticeship partnership with London Boroughs 

    11 March 2015

    The University of Law (ULaw) has today announced that a number of London Boroughs will be the first organisations to offer its Legal Services Higher Apprenticeships, giving greater opportunities to the next generation of aspiring legal workers and allowing them to earn whilst they study for their legal qualification.

    The announcement reflects ULaw’s commitment to supporting a range of apprenticeships as an alternative path into law, promoting greater access to and diversity within the profession. At launch, a total of ten apprenticeships will be offered by a number of London Boroughs including Harrow and Barnet (HP Public Law), Hillingdon and Islington.

    Technical training and the completion of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualifications will be combined with on-the-job learning. In a unique model of collaboration between the FE and HE sectors, apprentices will receive one day per week of formal learning at ULaw’s Bloomsbury Centre with teaching from tutors at City and Islington College, a partner FE College of ULaw, and one of the Capital’s leading FE providers. On the other days students will work in the legal services departments at their local authority.

    Apprentices will be evaluated through a mix of on the job performance and academic assessments, all designed to develop the skills and qualities that future employers are looking for and the apprentices will need to succeed. 

    John Latham, President and CEO ULaw, said; “As leading employers in the Capital, it’s great to have London Boroughs on board. We are passionate about widening access to support those whose ambition it is to work in the law and we’ve created an ambitious plan to deliver on this. We’re very excited to be helping the apprentices in taking the first steps of their careers.”

    Rajesh Alagh, Borough Solicitor, London Borough of Hillingdon, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with The University of Law on this exciting new apprenticeship. The council's legal apprenticeship scheme has already been a great success with apprentices showing great enthusiasm and dedication so we are pleased to be able to extend this through our partnership with ULaw for another two years. It will allow our apprentices to progress to a Higher Level Apprenticeship (Level 4), which is the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to develop essential work based skills while studying for a nationally recognised qualification with the UK's largest law school.”

    For further information please contact:
    The University of Law:
    Mark Knight/ Sarah Evans Toyne/ Lianne Robinson/Henry Adams
    Telephone: 020 7726 6111
    E-mail: theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com