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Law firms working together: Solicitor apprenticeships

Jason Wainwright discusses the benefits of collaborating with other North East law firms on one of the UK’s first solicitor apprenticeship schemes

7 March 2017

The average student leaves university £44,000 in debt, according to the ‘Degrees of Debt’ study carried out by the Sutton Trust last year. This burden is likely to be even greater for law graduates with university costs and the prospect of the legal practice course to consider. It basically means that a career in law is becoming less and less of an option for many people, no matter how much they have to offer the profession. There is a risk that young talent will be lost to other sectors.

Fair and open access to the legal profession is something I have always felt passionately about. I was the first person in my extended family to go to university and grew up in an environment where post-16 education wasn’t valued or encouraged. With the current system of loans and debt, I am 100 per cent sure I would not have gone to university.

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