Bristol law firm and City Council launch solicitor apprenticeship scheme

Employment & Skills | Legal | South West

Coinciding with National Apprenticeship Week, law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) with Bristol City Council have launched their solicitor apprenticeship scheme in Bristol.

Applications are due to close on 30th April with the successful candidates starting their role in September 2019.

The solicitor apprenticeship will take six years to complete and will consist of four years studying towards a law degree. Whilst being employed on a full-time basis, the chosen apprentices will be expected to complete distance learning, with study days spent at university. For the final two years, the apprentices will join the graduate rotation and newly qualified solicitor process.

Bristol-based Sam Lee, Head of Recruitment at WBD, said: “We’re thrilled to launch our solicitor apprenticeship scheme on the same week as National Apprenticeship Week. Hiring apprentices is absolutely the right thing to do in our sector, creating alternative avenues for people who believe that university isn’t the right path for them. We have been amazed by the success of the scheme so far and the commitment shown by our apprentices.”

“As a firm, we’re committed to supporting social mobility, opening up new routes into the legal profession and improving employability for young people. We will continue to develop and expand our apprenticeship offering and provide continued learning opportunities following our apprentices’ graduation.”

Head of the Council’s Legal Service, Nancy Rollason commented: “We are pleased to be working with Womble Bond Dickinson to launch our first solicitor apprenticeship programme, which will be a rolling programme year on year. We are keen to recruit dynamic people from a diverse range of backgrounds who will have the opportunity to contribute to the life of the city and who want to pursue an alternative to University.”

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