Eversheds is rolling out a groundbreaking two-year pilot that will blend the LPC and the training contract.
For the unique scheme to run the SRA has had to waive two key policies for the first time. It will allow Eversheds to run a training contract in conjunction with part-time study over two years instead of the normal three and will also let trainees undertake the Professional Skills Course before full completion of the LPC.
Everdsheds head of resourcing Nicky Bizzell said: “People want to qualify sooner. University’s becoming more expensive and taking a year out to do the LPC can be too much of a struggle with costs. Our scheme will allow them to qualify earlier and earn earlier.
“We found that some trainees would do the LPC quite a while before starting their training contract. Our programme is a way of making their learning more relevant for them.”
The training programme will operate by allowing a maximum of 16 graduates to complete their LPC electives during their training contract after studying the core subjects at BPP Law School.
The scheme will kick off next August, just a year after the conclusion of the SRA’s 2008 work-based learning pilot, which explored assessment methods and alternative qualification routes without a training contract (TheLawyer.com, 8 June).
Two continuing strands of the SRA pilot, involving paralegals and combined degrees, will finalise in 2012 as part of the Legal Education and Training Review.