Young people should be aware that you can have a successful legal career by exploring more options than university.
The work-based training option appealed to me for a variety of reasons. I was keen to continue in further education but I was keen on the idea of securing employment and an opportunity to earn at the same time. I was also aware of the difficulty post graduates now have in securing training contracts and the lifetime debt involved in going to university. I am so very glad that I chose to take this route.
I started off my apprenticeship in the Costs Department chasing and negotiating costs bills. I then advanced my training by learning how to draft formal bills of costs. I then moved to the Fast Track Litigation Department as a Paralegal to assist with industrial disease cases and also low value RTAs. I then finished my apprenticeship in August 2016 and in April 2017 I was then recruited by one of the senior partners within the firm to assist with Multi-Track Litigation.
I would advise any young person who wishes to pursue a career in law to consider the CILEx apprenticeship option. Young people should be aware that you can have a successful legal career by exploring more options than university. There are lots of opportunities available from taking this route into law. It is not just qualifications that are attractive to employers, it is experience. Apprenticeships allow you to gain experience at the same time as completing your academic studies. This is by no means an easy option or a fall back choice, there is no denying that hard work is required. I would advocate that Legal Apprenticeships should certainly be the way forward for young people who are passionate about a career in law.
Interested in a legal apprenticeship? Visit www.cilex.org.uk/study/apprenticeships