Replaces coaching contract from January 2022
DWF is ditching its conventional coaching contract programme in favour of a brand new super-exam pleasant graduate apprenticeship. The agency will use the federal government’s coaching levy to assist fund it.
The inventory market-listed titan has teamed up with BPP Legislation College to create a “graduate entry-level apprenticeship programme” which sees rookies initially examine full-time, getting ready for and sitting half one of many Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), earlier than finishing two years of qualifying work expertise.
DWF confirmed the brand new coaching programme will probably be subsidised by the federal government’s apprenticeship levy, a obligatory cost paid by regulation companies with a wage invoice of over £three million (0.5% of their whole annual pay invoice). Corporations, nonetheless, can recoup this money supplied they spend it on apprenticeship-level coaching. Underneath the present guidelines DWF couldn’t use the levy to fund its soon-to-be defunct TC scheme as it’s not outlined as an apprenticeship.
The agency says the 32-month programme takes benefit of the versatile qualifying work expertise component of the super-exam, permitting graduates to start out incomes as quickly as they begin. Rookies can have a possibility to spend time in several observe areas and full inside and exterior secondments. It would exchange the agency’s coaching contract programme from January 2022.
The change means the agency — which recently dumped specific A-Level requirements for aspiring lawyers — will not sponsor future trainees to undertake the Authorized Observe Course (LPC), however will settle for functions from college students who’ve already accomplished it.
Clare Collins, head of studying and improvement at DWF, stated:
“We’re excited to have partnered with BPP College Legislation College to supply one of many first graduate programmes that meets the SQE necessities. The programme is not going to solely give candidates all of the preparation they should move the exams however will equip them with the technical, industrial and interpersonal abilities wanted to achieve a altering authorized surroundings.”
DWF isn’t the primary regulation agency to go public with an SQE-focused path to qualification as a solicitor. Earlier this 12 months, Kennedys‘ launched it’s Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship (GSA), a 30-month programme which sees would-be lawyers split their time between the classroom and the office.
The SQE is because of come into power from 1 September 2021, topic to approval from the Authorized Companies Board.