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Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher to train solicitor apprentices
Gowling WLG and Fieldfisher are to begin training solicitor apprentices with the University of Law (ULaw) as part of a training course designed to create new pathways to becoming a qualified lawyer.

The new course from ULaw, which officially launched on 25 September, will see 28 apprentices this autumn begin the six-year process in a programme aimed at encouraging a wider pool of candidates to enter the profession.

The course includes a combination of work-based and online supervised study, together with practical and academic activities that will give students a LLB in legal practice skills and ultimately allow them to qualify as solicitors. The programme is also designed to comply with the Government-backed trailblazer standard for legal apprenticeships.

Once apprentices complete the assessments and parts one and two of the incoming solicitors qualifying exam (SQE), which is due to come into force in 2020, they will be able to apply to become fully recognised as lawyers.
training  admission  apprentice 
october 2017 by JordanFurlong
First "teaching law firm" for students granted ABS licence
Nottingham Law School (NLS) has created the first “teaching law firm” for students after being granted an alternative business structure (ABS) licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
clementi  schools  innovation  apprentice  training  admission  access 
october 2015 by JordanFurlong
LegalForce is looking for a few good apprentices
Orion says the LegalForce apprentice program gave him the training to take on the IP work of his clean energy clients. “The program definitely fills a need; I use the knowledge I gained working on trademarks for existing clients.”

Jessica Tam, a 2013 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, started her apprenticeship in May and is now an associate with LegalForce.

“It’s been a great experience,” she says. “They start from the beginning and give you assignments, and they teach through the assignments. I learned a lot about trademarks in the three months.”

Tam believes law schools should offer a business of law course. “It would be really useful because [there are] a lot of business skills attorneys have to pick up on their own.”

In the meantime, Tam says, legal apprentice programs are a “good idea and more places should have programs like this. It’s just the start of something the rest of the legal field needs to adopt.”
apprentice  competition 
october 2015 by JordanFurlong
LPP year 1
Bentley says it’s important to realize it’s not only the profession of law that is having a hard time placing graduates of professional programs. “You look at any cohorts from professional schools or general programs it’s tough to get connected to the workplace — look at teachers’ colleges in Ontario and throughout Canada,” he says. “The law is struggling with what many are struggling with and what we provide is a two-fold opportunity — to complete the experience required to be called, but more than that the opportunity to benefit from 21st-century training for the legal practice it is and the legal practice it will become in the years to come.”
articling  apprentice  training  admission 
august 2015 by JordanFurlong
City firm announces first articled apprenticeship | News | Law Society Gazette
he six-year programme, which includes a degree, postgraduate qualification and training contract, will be run with the University of Law, Mayer Brown said. 

The programme provides a non-graduate route to qualification as a solicitor, reminiscent of the old articled clerkship. 

Mayer Brown said it is looking for an apprentice to join the six-year scheme in September 2015.

The training programme consists of a four-year part-time LLB followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course (PSC).

After the third year, the apprentice’s work will begin to count towards a training contract, which will continue until the PSC is completed.

Candidates will study part-time at the University of Law, and will spend their first 12-18 months in the business service department at the firm before working wi
articling  apprentice  training  schools  innovation  admission 
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
Precarious Professionalism: Some Empirical and Behavioural Perspectives on Lawyers
This article adopts the normative claims of professions and Abbott’s ecological theory of professions to argue that legal professionalism is precarious in four particular ways. Evidence from socio-legal and behavioural studies questions claims to: (1) superior competence; (2) superior ethicality; (3) superior leadership (state-of-the-art-ness); and (4) superior regulatory practice. The article argues that greater reflexive engagement in the problems of professionalism and institutional development of ethicality is required. The evidence on competence does not suggest that where legal professions compete with non-lawyers their competence is superior. Similarly, evidence on ethicality suggests not only that lawyers may not be superior to ‘mere business’ but that elements of the professions ‘client first’ ‘business focused’ model are likely to be detrimental to ethicality. Both behavioural research and case studies of recent ethical problems manifest in large London-based law firms support the view that these detriments have manifested themselves. New providers of legal services are beginning to challenge the claims of elite firms to provide state-of-the-art legal services. Finally, regulatory techniques employed by professions and latterly professional regulators are argued not to have demonstrated their value.
ethics  governance  apprentice 
august 2014 by JordanFurlong
An Apprenticeship to Practice–That Works
ew days ago I had a chance to talk with Randy Nickel, CIO of OnRamp, and gained some insight into how ApprenticeRamp actually works. Some highlights:
The core legal work is documenting a large number of characteristics, terms, conditions, and operative clauses of an enormous number of contracts. The obvious technology (well, obvious to somebody like Randy with an extensive Valley IT background) is a full relational database built on MySQL (an open source implementation of “Structured Query Language”) that integrates document information with metadata.
Because the work is done online, security is paramount. According to Randy, OnRamp has deployed a very sophisticated (and, I gather, not cheap) software tool to relentlessly probe for holes in the system; he said it can generate reports the size of an old-fashioned telephone book. (Target stores, take heed.) As Randy says, with the wry voice of experience, “the reality is that most systems are vulnerable somewhere, so the question is whether you know where the vulnerability is.”
Randy also had some interesting observation about the 20-somethings working in the ApprenticeRamp program. To paraphrase, “they’re more tech-savvy than the typical user we’re familiar with; some of these differences are generational, such as a more collaborative workstyle, but not all. They’re not shy, not ‘leave me alone so I can focus on what I’m doing.’”
Collaboration and feedback are at the core of the system; “if lawyers have a reputation as know-it-all’s, this group is learn-it-all’s.”
Users can see the “quality assurance” results after their work is done; and if a response is deemed “wrong,” they can even challenge it, which double-checks the QA at the same time. Going to a specific Yes/No answer and hovering over it displays a full discussion of why the question was answered the way it was; drilling down further takes you to the actual page and clause in the contract that gave rise to t hat answer.
Because so much data is captured, the system can begin to seek patterns of “bad” contracts, looking for clusters that correlate with a p
it  process  training  schools  apprentice 
april 2014 by JordanFurlong
What’s wrong with learning on the job? | Opinion | Law Society Gazette
Plans to allow school leavers to train as solicitors could help young people bypass the costly university route.
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march 2014 by JordanFurlong
HR Magazine - Record numbers of school leavers expected to apply for apprenticeship schemes
The number of young people expected to apply for an apprenticeship scheme is expected to hit a new high this summer.
According to figures published from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), there are now 20,000 apprenticeships available online, up from 15,000 in August last year.
NAS figures also show more than half (71%) of employers would recommend young people to do an apprenticeship.
And as A-Level results are opened, more than half (54%) of young people in England would like to do an apprenticeship if it was available.
"Apprenticeships are ideal for A-Level achievers who want to progress onto further learning, but also want to get a foot on the career ladder at the same time," said NAS executive director David Way.
"Higher apprentices have the opportunity to gain degree-level equivalent qualifications at the sa
august 2013 by JordanFurlong
Knights chief favours apprenticeships over 'outmoded' training model | News | The Lawyer
Knights Solicitors managing partner David Beech has claimed that the traditional training model is “dead” because it continues to teach students in the same way it did 30 years ago.
training  apprentice 
april 2013 by JordanFurlong
Three Reasons Why the LPP Will Replace Articling Forever – Slaw
The LPP’s shorter four-month co-op work experience would also allow enterprising firms to select from a larger number of students. If the student salary budget was kept the same from articling, double the number of LPP students could be hired and tested out before extending a full-time offer.
admission  training  schools  apprentice 
april 2013 by JordanFurlong
New thinking on articling from the UK — Slaw
In particular, he has a strong desire to ensure that trainees develop more than just technical legal expertise, which, while important, will only take them so far in any firm. Currently in the UK, after graduation from law school, students take the one-year Legal Practice Course (LPC) – which is somewhat similar to the old bar admissions course that was run in Ontario – they then embark on training at a law firm. Upon completion of training they are called to the Bar. Under Nigel’s direction Reed Smith worked with BPP Law School to create a new program for trainees that incorporates the LPC with business courses from the MBA curriculum, and a client placement. As a result, trainees acquire an MA Law with Business then begin their training. This concept springs from Nigel’s work at Simmons & Simmons (S&S) in late 2008.
schools  admission  innovation  apprentice 
october 2012 by JordanFurlong
Co-op rolls out legal apprenticeship programme | News | Lawyer2b
o-operative Legal Services’ (CLS) is launching a legal apprenticeship framework as part of its assault on the profession.

The new framework, which will sit within the Co-operative Group’s (Co-op) Apprenticeship Academy, will look to appoint up to 10 apprentices in 2012.

The move is aimed to help boost the number of Co-op apprentic
innovation  clementi  apprentice 
february 2012 by JordanFurlong
Pinsents joins growing trend with launch of apprenticeship scheme | News | The Lawyer
The top 10 firm has welcomed its first cohort of apprentices this month, paying the school-leavers a starting salary of £19,000.
admission  training  apprentice 
september 2011 by JordanFurlong
Gordons solicitors news - Gordons launches annual legal apprenticeship programme
Five bright youngsters, who might otherwise find it difficult to enter the legal profession, will have the opportunity to become apprentice lawyers thanks to a new annual programme launched by Yorkshire law firm Gordons.
admission  diversity  apprentice 
june 2011 by JordanFurlong
LEGAL FUTURES » The Apprentice – lawyer style
But such is the growing cost of higher education that the idea of apprenticeships is back, both in the wider economy and specifically the legal profession. Yorkshire firm Gordons made news this week with the launch of its legal apprenticeships scheme, in conjunction with ILEX.
training  diversity  schools  apprentice 
june 2011 by JordanFurlong
Waller Lansden Ready to Roll Out New Recruiting Program
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis is following through on plans to implement a new approach to recruiting under which it is moving away from the traditional on-campus interview model.

Schola2Juris--an apprenticeship program announced last fall that will see the firm hire only 3Ls based on actual full-time openings--officially launches on July 5. That's when the firm will open the application process for rising 3Ls for up to ten new jobs across the firm's various practice areas.
innovation  training  schools  apprentice 
june 2011 by JordanFurlong
Milbank's Big Bet - The American Lawyer
Yet, now that the demand for high-end legal services is flattening out, large firms are in the unfamiliar positions of fighting over market share. To prevail, law firms have to behave like other businesses--invest time and money today for a financial benefit in the future. Since law firms sell legal talent, a strategic investment in legal talent seems like a good place to start. Milbank@Harvard is evidence that at least one firm has figured this out.
laterals  training  schools  apprentice 
may 2011 by JordanFurlong
Three Law Firms Claim Success With New Apprenticeship Model
No large general practice or white-shoe firms have started apprenticeship programs, which likely adds to the overall reluctance to take that step, said Jordan Furlong, a Canadian legal consultant. He discussed apprenticeship programs at U.S. firms during a recent symposium on the evolution of law firms at Georgetown University Law Center.
jf  apprentice 
april 2011 by JordanFurlong
Waller Lansden Shakes Up Recruiting
When we heard the news about the plan at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis to do away with the traditional summer associate recruiting model in favor of bringing in select 3Ls, our reaction was much the same as that of Elie Mystal at Above the Law: Here is a change that is fundamental in nature. Previous tweaks to the much-maligned on-campus interviewing system, including a recent team-up between Jones Day and Northwestern, haven't altered the nature of a system that forces firms to effectively make hiring decisions two years in advance.
training  schools  apprentice 
september 2010 by JordanFurlong
The Apprentice
Many of Marcus Peterson's fellow alumni from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, are still cooling their heels after graduating one year ago, waiting to start law firm jobs thanks to long deferments.
law21  apprentice 
june 2010 by JordanFurlong
Legal Blog Watch
Apprentice The idealawg blog had a post yesterday flagging an interesting article on people becoming lawyers in Washington state without ever going to law school. The Seattle Times reports that Washington allows candidates with a bachelor's degree and a full-time job to become lawyers by, essentially, working as an apprentice under a sponsoring attorney. The so-called "law clerk" program takes four years to complete.
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
Law Without Borders: "BIG LAW" MEETS "THE PERFECT STORM" -- Who Will Ride It Out, and How?
The news of the last couple of weeks has reflected what may be a sea change in expert opinion regarding the future of Western law firms. Providing the focus of much of the discussion was a recent conference at the Georgetown University Law Center, titled "Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World, or Business as Usual?" (Twitter: #GtownLFE). For example, an online article from American Lawyer about the conference featured the headline, "The Change Agenda: Is Mega Law a Dead Man Walking?" And what was the reporter's summary of the message delivered by the general counsels, academic experts, and law firm partners who participated in that debate? The traditional large law firm model is "dead, dying, and changing."
law21  outsourcing  apprentice 
april 2010 by JordanFurlong
Warnings Toll for BigLaw Firms Resistant to Change - News - ABA Journal
“Partners must be willing to sacrifice short-term profitability for greater success and profit in the long- term,” Ruyak says. “That’s something many partners don’t want to do, but we have to. There is no choice because some firms will, and they’re the ones that will be eating our lunches tomorrow.”
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
Law Firm Evolution Conference at Georgetown in the US: my take - Marketing Asia
Of course, not being privy to the discussions I cannot comment on all that occurred at the event but I do believe it is worthwhile to comment on some of the assertions and conclusions made which I have garnered from those who have reported on the conference and the papers which are available on the Georgetown web site. There are many things with which I of course wholehearted agree with but others which I am not so convinced of. The following is what people have said at the conference and my take on some of the assertions made:
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
The Change Agenda: Are We There Yet?
t fell mostly to Thomas Yannucci, the former Kirkland chairperson (now chair emeritus), to defend the actions and awareness of law firms and their partners. "The notion that we're not compelled by economic realities to change is just not accurate," he said. "Partners, especially younger partners, are highly incentivized to figure out what clients want...The notion that we don't have a sense that clients are changing, that we have to work seamlessly with their departments and sometimes other law firms on matters, that we have to manage contract lawyers who work outside and inside the firm, the notion that we're all sitting around in tweed jackets smoking pipes, driving bespoke cars, and
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
The Change Agenda: Is Mega Law a Dead Man Walking?
Bernard Burk, a litigation partner at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, saw a future, based in part, he suggested, on the record number of lateral moves among the Am Law 100 and 200 firms. He argued that as partners moved, they tended to "move upstream." Picking up on the Ribstein formulation, "each of us wants to be with someone who has as much reputational capital as possible," Burk posited. "If they want to make the most of their personal capital they surround themselves with other people of similar attributes to whom they can send business they can't do themselves. All of a sudden they're worth more."

The most optimistic of the speakers was Ralph Baxter, the chair of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Another advocate for change, and part of Perlstein's band of law firm leaders who are beating their drums, Baxter declared that there is "as much chance that Big Law is dead as there is a return to the 2007 economy. Some firms will go away but Big Law has way too many resourc
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
Strategic Legal Technology :: David Wilkins on Mega Trends for Legal Profession (Session Report, Georgetown Law Conf)
I am attending Law Firm Evolution: Brave New World or Business As Usual? at the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. Here is my session report on the concluding remarks by David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School.
innovation  apprentice 
march 2010 by JordanFurlong
Drinker Biddle: Merit-Based Pay Means Cuts to 53% of Associates - Above the Law - A Legal Tabloid - News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession
t’s not surprising that Drinker Biddle is moving to a full merit-based pay scale. Back in May, we reported that Drinker Biddle decided to change the nature of the first-year associate experience. We reported that Drinker would turn its associates’ first six months at the firm into an intensive training period. During that time, first years would be paid $105,000 — but clients would be charged reduced rates for any billable work the first years did during that time.
january 2010 by JordanFurlong - Drinker Biddle Makes Second Round of Associate Layoffs, Moves to Merit System
Drinker Biddle & Reath conducted a second round of associate layoffs -- dropping a reported 22 on Friday -- and is set to inform the remaining associates that they will be placed in four levels as opposed to associate classes as the firm moves to a merit-based system.

Legal industry blog Above the Law reported Drinker Biddle has cut 22 associates, mainly in Chicago, with some in Philadelphia. A Drinker Biddle spokesman said the firm doesn't comment on personnel matters. The firm was also silent when it engaged in a round of layoffs in late 2008.

One source told The Legal Intelligencer the latest round of cuts was firmwide. The firm has nearly 300 associates currently listed on its Web site.
laterals  apprentice 
november 2009 by JordanFurlong
Nixon Peabody May Go Really Old School, Offer Apprenticeships
But in New England in 2009, one firm is tossing around the idea of apprenticeships for first year attorneys . John Snellings, hiring partner for Nixon Peabody in Boston, told the Boston Business Journal that the firm is starting to look at alternatives to their hiring process and programs for young lawyers. “We are starting to look at alternatives, including what an apprenticeship would look like. If a young lawyer can’t work on a matter because their rates are too high -- how do we get them the training they need?” Snellings said. Snellings also mentioned the possibility of a "center of excellence" where all the firm's first-years would be trained together until they were ready to "'graduate' to a larger market." The conversation with Snellings was in the context of the environment of deferred first years, cancelled or reduced summer programs and fewer offers to summer associates. The current recruitment system is "antiquated" and makes neither economic nor business sense.
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october 2009 by JordanFurlong Career Center - Has the Recession Forever Changed Large Law Firms?
As for salaries, "Not everyone is going to retreat from $160,000," Leipold says, adding that "over the long haul, attorney salaries will continue to drift upward." But in the short term, Leipold doesn't think the salary structure that firms had moved to before the recession is supportable: "Clients are saying they are paying too much, and in particular too much for the newest talent, who are not fully trained lawyers." To make matters worse, last year's recruiting season produced a very high yield. At the time, firms didn't understand the depth of the recession, says David Van Zandt, dean of Northwestern Law School. As a result, their summer classes are much bigger than they need, he says. With far fewer spots to fill, firms have become choosier. "During the boom years, firms just needed bodies," he says. "Now they're looking for students who not only can draft briefs and review documents but can also work well with clients and other lawyers." Van Zandt says firms are also starting to
Bookmarks  schools  firms  recession  laterals  training  apprentice 
october 2009 by JordanFurlong
Frost Brown Todd - Press Releases - Frost Brown Todd program gives new associates in-house client experience; clients get greater value and input
Frost Brown Todd program gives new associates in-house client experience; clients get greater value and input June 11, 2009 – As other law firms respond to the current economic climate by rescinding offers to incoming associates or by deferring new associates’ start dates by as much as a year, regional law firm Frost Brown Todd is taking an approach that addresses marketplace realities while also delivering greater value to clients. Under Frost Brown Todd’s program, new associates hired this year will receive a lower salary than in years past, but they will be compensated for that reduction with more live training and skill development opportunities without the pressure of billing time to a client, more hands-on experience with clients and even more focused internal training and apprenticeship.
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong - Law Firm Apprentice Programs Add Extra Step for New Associates
After three years of law school, a hundred grand of debt and weeks sweating out a bar review and exam, it's time to start practicing law in earnest, right? At a handful of firms, the answer is fast becoming "not yet." These firms are putting new recruits through additional apprenticeship programs that they say will better train their attorneys for life at a law firm and for handling clients. Think of it as the equivalent of a medical residency, only with suits instead of scrubs. The latest -- and so far largest -- firm to move to an apprenticeship model, 659-lawyer Howrey, announced its program last week. Starting next year, first-years at the firm will get a pay cut -- from $160,000 to $100,000 in base pay plus a $25,000 bonus to pay down law school loans -- and they'll spend a good portion of their time attending classes with partners and shadowing them on client matters. The apprenticeship period will last two years.
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong
apprenticeship :: Early history -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
From the earliest times, in Egypt and Babylon, training in craft skills was organized to maintain an adequate number of craftsmen. The Code of Hammurabi of Babylon, which dates from the 18th century bce, required artisans to teach their crafts to the next generation. In Rome and other ancient societies, many craftsmen were slaves, but, in the la
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong
Wapedia - Wiki: Juris Doctor
n England in 1292 when Edward I first requested that lawyers be trained, students merely sat in the courts and observed, but over time the students would hire professionals to lecture them in their residences, which led to the institution of the Inns of Court system. [20] The original method of education at the Inns of Court was a mix of moot court-like practice and lecture, as well as court proceedings observation. [21] By the seventeenth century, the Inns obtained a status as a kind of university akin to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, though very specialized in purpose. [22] With the frequent absence of parties to suits during the Crusades, the importance of the lawyer role grew tremendously, and the demand for lawyers grew. [23]
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong
Coach's Corner Column: Would apprenticeship make for better lawyers?
believe that the Canadian law-firm model for young lawyers is superior. Upon graduation from law school, prospective lawyers in Canada begin professional training with the law society of the province in which the student wishes to practice. All provinces require completion of a bar admission course with licensing examinations and a period of practical training under the supervision of a qualified member of the law society, called articling or articles of clerkship. The articling phase is essentially a period of apprenticeship with a law firm, legal department, court or government department. Most large Canadian law firms offer structured articling programs in which students rotate through the various areas of the firm. The length of time for completion of the bar admission course and articling varies from 12 to 18 months, depending on the province. Only then are young lawyers ready to practice -- either where they articled, or with some other firm or organization. The Canadian model
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong
Legal Blog Watch
From the law firm perspective, the programs offer significant benefits. For starters, the new training programs help soften the blow of salary cuts. Moreover, training programs are a selling point for clients, because firms can demonstrate that they're paying the cost of training, rather than subsidizing associate learning on the client's dime. Associates potentially benefit from training also. Though they may not engage in much hands-on work, the fact of the matter is that for most associates, hands-on work consists largely of document review. With apprenticeship programs, staff attorneys assume responsibility for document review, while full associates focus on training. Moreover, back in the boom years, new lawyers expressed their willingness to trade stratospheric salaries and the long hours of drudge work that accompanied high pay for less money and more training and flexible schedules. It seems new lawyers have finally gotten what they wished for, at least temporarily.
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september 2009 by JordanFurlong

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