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The Chartered Legal Degree Apprenticeship has been developed in collaboration with sector-leading employers and professional body, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Five students are the first to have completed year 1 of the programme, which aims to build legal understanding and professional behaviours.

Among those to have completed the first year is Jade Connolley, from property lawyers Connolley and Company in Wombourne.

The 25-year-old from Kingswinford, said:

“I’m really enjoying the Degree Apprenticeship one year on. I’m a lot more confident than I was at the start of the year. I did really well in my exams in May and that has given me the confidence to carry on.”

Jesse Salter, 21, also from Connolley and Company, said:

“My studies are helping my work – I have felt a lot more confident with law in general and how I relate to cases in certain areas of work.”

Laura Jurkeviciute, Business Support Officer at City of Wolverhampton Council, said:

“It has been a good first year, and I’ve learnt a lot. The introduction to law and practice was really useful as I’ve worked with magistrates courts in my role and it helped me to better understand how things work.”

Head of the University of Wolverhampton Law School, Sukhninder Panesar, said:

“The Chartered Legal Degree Apprenticeship benefits employers as it allows them to upskill their existing workforce who have been working within legal firms and have acquired really good skills working as paralegals but may not have formal qualifications to further progress as solicitors.

“The Apprenticeship programme allows them to acquire formal qualifications and, combined with the skills they have got on the job, prepares them to become qualified solicitors or Chartered Legal Executives.”

The five year part-time degree qualification covers criminal law, conveyancing, civil litigation, family law, contract law and legal research skills with options to specialise in the final year.

Designed by employers, universities and professional bodies, Degree Apprenticeships deliver high-tech and high level skills and offer an alternative to a traditional degree course. Bringing together university study with paid work, Degree Apprentices spend part of their time at university and part with their employer.

Employers interested in learning more about Degree Apprenticeships should contact the Apprenticeship Hub on 01902 321000 or email: enquiries@wlv.ac.uk.