The hidden dimensions within the trailblazer solicitor apprenticeship

Fletcher, Roland (2018). The hidden dimensions within the trailblazer solicitor apprenticeship. In: International Legal Ethics Conference 8 - Legal Ethics in the Asian Century, 6-8 Dec 2018, Melbourne, Australia.


This paper is part of an initial study dealing with the trailblazer solicitor apprenticeship introduced by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (UK) in 2015. This form of apprenticeship is a novel approach as it has introduced a work-based learning model to qualify as a solicitor in England. It has been sanctioned by the Institute of Apprenticeships and funded through the apprenticeship levy. The paper discusses the apprenticeship as a progressive educational model which has evolved through government intervention as part of the development of skills and employability. The paper is underpinned through qualitative data which was produced as part of a small scale project and examined the experiential learning journey of solicitor apprentices. It is through this data and the application of social constructionist theories that the implementation of the solicitor apprenticeship is examined.

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