BPP University Law School is set to launch two new legal apprenticeships from September 2016, partnering with some of the country’s leading law firms to offer the pioneering schemes.

The new Solicitor Apprenticeship presents students with the opportunity for the first time to qualify as a solicitor through an apprenticeship route. All apprentices who successfully complete our programme will also be awarded the degree LLB (Hons) Legal Practice.

BPP University is one of the first universities to offer this innovative six-year programme, which will be available across its network of Law School sites.

While a number of employers, including international commercial law firm Eversheds, have already signed up for this scheme, other leading firms including, Jones Day and Burges Salmon have opted for BPP Law School’s new Paralegal Apprenticeship.

The Paralegal scheme gives students the opportunity to train as a paralegal while working towards the Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) and successful candidates have the option of progressing to the Solicitor Apprenticeship, subject to business need.

The new ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeship standards have been developed by a group of leading law firms to ensure that all students have the correct skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s legal services market.

Tricia Chatterton, Director of Legal Apprenticeship Programmes at BPP University Law School, said: “We’ve been working with leading employers to develop these new schemes, which have been designed to ensure that those embarking on a career in law have the optimum combination of training and on-the-job experience needed to succeed. Many firms are now exploring how the programmes can complement their existing graduate schemes.

“The introduction of these new schemes, coupled with changes to the way that apprenticeships are funded, means that more law firms than ever before are recognising the benefits that apprenticeships offer, and we are already seeing businesses in other sectors looking to create similar schemes in the coming months.”

BPP University Law School is one of the leading providers of education and training to the legal sector, with more than 60 law firms partnering exclusively with BPP University for the provision of the LPC to their future trainees.