College announces delivery of innovative Apprenticeships with the University of Law

11 November 2014

City and Islington College and the UK’s leading law school, The University of Law (ULaw), have announced that they have signed an agreement to provide Legal Services Apprenticeships, which will open up a vocational pathway for students who aspire to have a career in the legal services industry.

The ULaw Legal Services Apprenticeship programme will combine the experience of FE colleges in delivering high quality Apprenticeships with ULaw’s expertise in legal teaching, employer engagement and practice.  It will see apprentices gaining practical workplace experience with leading legal services employers while attending the ULaw centre in Moorgate one day a week.  Working together it will allow access to the student experience and facilities of the country’s longest established specialist provider of legal education as well as providing a clear pathway for an apprentice to enter ULaw as a student to study for a qualifying law degree.

The scheme responds to the increasing demand for highly skilled paralegals and legal services technicians, and marks the first steps into vocational training by the University.  ULaw hopes some students will go on to take part in its new Articled Apprenticeship programme, which is a six year route to becoming a Solicitor, working and studying part-time.

Grant Glendinning, Director of the Centre for Lifelong Learning at City and Islington College, said: “This partnership promises to be hugely beneficial. It will offer new routes to a career in law, for many who may not previously have thought they could enter it, through exceptional apprenticeship programmes of shared academic expertise. It will also provide new ways for employers to fill skill gaps, with both new and existing staff.”

The Legal Services Apprenticeships will be offered at Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 from 2015.  There will be three levels of apprenticeships delivered at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher levels, which are either awarded by City & Guilds, or the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) – giving students a clear sense of progression while providing them with the opportunity to specialise.

John Latham, CEO and President, University of Law said:  “We are delighted to be combining our legal education expertise with the vocational and apprenticeship excellence of some of the UK’s top Further Education colleges. Our combined expertise will allow apprentices across the country to gain high quality qualifications while building relationships with future employers and adapting to the world of work. We are very excited to start teaching the first cohort in 2015.”

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