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In response to ever increasing student debt with reports that entering the legal profession can cost students up to £127k, Sinclairslaw have announced that they will be one of the first law firms in England and Wales to offer an alternative debt free route to qualification.
CEO Michael Charles expressed that as part of the Firm’s corporate responsibility something had to be done to permit those from less privileged backgrounds an opportunity to bring their skill into the profession. “Had I not received a student grant and my tuition fees paid, it would not have been possible for me to be where I am today. My Firm represents scores of students many of whom lack financial capability to go to University let alone incur the kind of debt that many students now have to live with. I want to ensure that this profession is open to all and that the best individuals can earn as they learn.”
Those selected will be employed by the Firm and shall work four days a week with one day a week dedicated to academic study. The apprenticeship will last for six years, during which the apprentice will obtain the academic qualifications and gain the work experience required to be admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Sinclairslaw shall share the cost of the course with the Government and shall pay the apprentice a salary throughout the six year programme. This means that the apprentice shall qualify as a solicitor at the end of the six years with no higher education debt.
The formal launch will take place during the Sinclairslaw Open Day on Friday 14th July at its headquarters at Charles House, Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HE between 2.30pm and 6.30pm. The application process shall also open on this date and details will be available on the dedicated web pages which shall also go live on this date at www.sinclairslaw.co.uk/solicitorapprenticeships.
Sinclairslaw welcomes applications from ambitious AS and A-Level (or equivalent) students who wish to train as a solicitor. For further information please contact the Project Leader Matthew Wyard at firstname.lastname@example.org