Legal My best friend had wanted to become a family law solicitor ever since high school and he was encouraged in this by his father who was himself a family law solicitor in Liverpool. As far as I was concerned the law was a very boring and difficult career to follow and instead I selected the sciences in order to enter the medical field. As we are now both successful in our respective fields, we often look back and wonder how we managed to get through all of that studying and training without giving up. These days there are some professionals in the field of law who have chosen to follow the path of apprenticeship and learning on the job as opposed to a university education. It seems that the profession is coming to a natural realisation that a university education, though not without its merits, is not the only route to a professional career. School leavers are now cottoning on to the fact that, not only is university expensive, but there is no guarantee of employment at the end and they’re weighing up their options. The financial considerations are unavoidable when it comes to making these choices but it seems that other considerations are being overlooked as schools and colleges struggle to fully inform students of what alternatives there are to university. Alternative routes of entry into the legal profession are essential in order to enable new entrants to gain qualification through a modularised and work-based learning approach, since the costs of education and training through graduate routes continue to rise. Equality, diversity and social mobility are fundamental factors for the future of the profession. There are many eminent, senior and successful solicitors currently in practice who did not go to university, and this should get people thinking about the various ways in which it should be possible to qualify as a solicitor. Enthusiasm for legal apprenticeships grew notably last year with several firms launching formal schemes. Not only are new Higher Apprenticeships in Legal Services due to launch in March, which are equivalent to the first year of a degree, but the government’s minister for skills, Matthew Hancock, announced in late December that it may be possible to enrol on apprenticeships equivalent to bachelors and masters degree level as early as this year. Work-based learning pilots and combined LPC training contracts have already paved the way to launch a work-based route into practice, with the required standards being consistent across all the routes to qualification. These new methods mean that the field of law will become more accessible to many more young people who wish to follow this career. This will lead to family law solicitors Liverpool and elsewhere offering schemes for newcomers which will be shorter and easier than the traditional route. My friend was telling me about these advances and wryly wished that such options had been available to him when he wanted to join the firm of family solicitors in Liverpool, all those many years ago. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: