The Notre Dame Law department have been working closely with Leeds Law firms to create an exciting new apprenticeship scheme intended to help students enter into a Law career. Staff from the department have spent 18 months consulting with Plexus Law about the form such a scheme might take.
The traditional model of the legal profession consisting of a law degree leading to qualification as a solicitor or barrister is changing and the Apprenticeship scheme aims to develop new career structures and routes into law.
In February Plexus law invited Notre Dame Students and parents to their offices in Leeds for a consultation evening about the Apprenticeship Scheme. The scheme will launch as a pilot in September 2012 and aims to broaden the entry routes in to legal careers with six placements being offered to students.
Mr Briggs, head of the Law department commented, “Partnerships with local and national firms such as Plexus Law are vital to us.” They allow us to offer students an insight into the diversity of career paths available in law. It is no longer the case that everyone will simply want to qualify through the traditional route. Plexus are ahead of the game in offering these new schemes and we are delighted to be partnering them. “
A spokesman for Plexus said “Plexus Law has worked in partnership with Notre Dame for several years through an internship programme and we were impressed with the high calibre of the students that came to us. When we decided to create a new way for students to begin a legal career, it made perfect sense to do this in conjunction with Notre Dame. We look forward to building on our relationship with the college and being able to provide new and exciting opportunities for their students.”
In addition to this exciting scheme, two members of the Notre Dame Law Academy have been offered placements with global Law firm Pinsent Masons at their Leeds offices prior to taking up Law degrees.
Sarah Baldwin and Connor Langan have both been offered paid placements from September 2012 until April 2013. “This is a national scheme, and is fiercely competitive” Said Mr Briggs “They did exceptionally well to get through the rigorous selection process.”
Connor is interested in corporate and international Law and after some time travelling, hopes to attend the LSE.
Sarah is aiming to go to UCL and is hoping her time with Pinsent Mason will help her decide which area of the law she wants to specialise in. She is currently interested in the area of human rights.
Congratulation to both of them and we wish them every success in their placements.