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Podcast: Will Mayer Brown’s new earn-while-you-learn programme kill the training contract?

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Legal Cheek‘s Alex Aldridge chats to project mastermind Danielle White about a new way into the City that could change everything

Danielle White

Earlier this month Mayer Brown gave the legal world a jolt as it became the first global elite law firm to launch an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor.

Its new “articled apprenticeship” — for which applications close on Friday — will see Mayer Brown take on a future solicitor before they do their law degree, and then employ them through six years of part-time LLB and Legal Practice Course (LPC) study until they qualify.

Crucially the chosen one will get the same money as trainees after completion of the apprenticeship — £37,500-£42,300 a year — and have an equal chance of bagging a newly qualified solicitor role.

The programme, which is being run with the University of Law, is open to both school leavers and career changers, even if they have a previous degree.

Doubtless it’s a great move for diversity, but it will be “no easy option”, explains the firm’s UK graduate recruitment boss Danielle White (pictured above). In the podcast below she tells Legal Cheek publisher Alex Aldridge that the firm is looking for a candidate who has the stamina to juggle work and study, and the brains to mix it with the best — as Aldridge demands to know whether this could be the beginning of the end for the training contract.

White also shares some insider tips on how to nail the apprenticeship application — which can be made here — and accompanying phone interview.

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Mayer Brown and ULaw combine to offer earn-while-you-learn law degree and LPC that bypasses training contract [Legal Cheek]



Hmmmm there seems to be a lot of pro-Mayer Brown articles on here. Have they been lining your pockets Legal Cheek?

Doubt you’d ever post anything negative about them…..


Please stop calling this an apprenticeship MB. It is not one where you are not covering the costs of qualification nor providing your “apprentice” with the necessary support. In my opinion, this is just a way to bring in cheap labour.

And it won’t be this one position that kills the training contract. The SRA has already managed to start that process with “period of recognised training” and “equivalent means”, with more potential changes to follow.

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Podcast? More like puffcast. Quit riding on MB’s disco stick, LC – it’s way too obvious.


This is not an MB initiative! It is called the Trailblazer initiative coming into effect into 2017………….. This article has taken away the credit to the other law firms who are involved in the Trailblazer……..not cool.


It isn’t even a trailblazer – that at least supports the employee by financing the costs of the qualification.

This does not.


More options are needed that’s for sure. The current system is archaic with very little bridge between the classroom and office/qualification. The LPC/academics should be combined with on the job training like in other professions, that much is obvious.

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