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    I’ve been looking at law apprenticeships for a while now, but I only ever see apprenticeships in corporate law. Does anybody know why I don’t ever see apprenticeships in other sectors of law (ie criminal or family)?

    Any questions, points or advice about law apprenticeships (or just apprenticeships in general) I would really appreciate it!

    Oh btw I’m looking at solicitor level apprenticeships ( 5 - 7 years).

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    I have been wondering the same thing and seem to have found that the only non-corporate apprenticeship available as of yet is with Sinclairs Law which is Education, Litigation and Family orientated.

    I believe that due to the nature of the degree and the content you will learn during your studying, corporate law is most suited as the study aspect does not focus on wider types of law necessarily. Firms may find that it is the best area of law for school leavers in terms of its structure, but I am afraid I do not have a definitive answer.


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    Hello!

    I’ve been looking at law apprenticeships for a while now, but I only ever see apprenticeships in corporate law. Does anybody know why I don’t ever see apprenticeships in other sectors of law (ie criminal or family)?

    Any questions, points or advice about law apprenticeships (or just apprenticeships in general) I would really appreciate it!

    Oh btw I’m looking at solicitor level apprenticeships ( 5 - 7 years).

    Thanks 🙂
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    (Original post by emilymcpartland)
    Hello

    I have been wondering the same thing and seem to have found that the only non-corporate apprenticeship available as of yet is with Sinclairs Law which is Education, Litigation and Family orientated.

    I believe that due to the nature of the degree and the content you will learn during your studying, corporate law is most suited as the study aspect does not focus on wider types of law necessarily. Firms may find that it is the best area of law for school leavers in terms of its structure, but I am afraid I do not have a definitive answer.
    Ahhhh, thank you. I really appreciate that because I haven’t seen that one. I’m going to have a look at it now. Thank you 😁
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    To my knowledge it's a supply vs demand issue - corporate law is a huge area, covering many elements of modern law in itself, and so they need a corresponding number of corporate lawyers. The areas of law you mentioned a) tend to be smaller and/or handled partly by state bodies and so require fewer lawyers specialising in that area and b) tend to involve more court work and are more aligned to barrister-y than solicitor work (i.e. there is a limit to how much work solicitors in these areas do, whereas almost all corporate work can be done by solicitors normally).

    Thus for the latter aspect, there is less work that an apprentice would be able to do. Also Family/Criminal law is very people oriented - a woman divorcing her husband, someone accused of a crime, etc, would probably have reservations about "just" an apprentice working on their case, and if they lost a case an apprentice worked on they may feel inclined to sue the firm for not devoting a "more qualified" lawyer to them. In corporate law, companies do not care who does what, they only care about the end result - there are no winners or losers in corporate law.

    I believe there are one or two non-corporate property law apprenticeships, but I could be wrong. Also either way, you will (at least, for the time being) cover the breadth of law anyway, and could "hop" areas after completing the apprenticeship and being admitted to the roll of solicitors.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    To my knowledge it's a supply vs demand issue - corporate law is a huge area, covering many elements of modern law in itself, and so they need a corresponding number of corporate lawyers. The areas of law you mentioned a) tend to be smaller and/or handled partly by state bodies and so require fewer lawyers specialising in that area and b) tend to involve more court work and are more aligned to barrister-y than solicitor work (i.e. there is a limit to how much work solicitors in these areas do, whereas almost all corporate work can be done by solicitors normally).

    Thus for the latter aspect, there is less work that an apprentice would be able to do. Also Family/Criminal law is very people oriented - a woman divorcing her husband, someone accused of a crime, etc, would probably have reservations about "just" an apprentice working on their case, and if they lost a case an apprentice worked on they may feel inclined to sue the firm for not devoting a "more qualified" lawyer to them. In corporate law, companies do not care who does what, they only care about the end result - there are no winners or losers in corporate law.

    I believe there are one or two non-corporate property law apprenticeships, but I could be wrong. Also either way, you will (at least, for the time being) cover the breadth of law anyway, and could "hop" areas after completing the apprenticeship and being admitted to the roll of solicitors.
    Okay, thank you. This completely makes sense. Thanks 😁
 
 
 
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