Hogan Lovells has partnered with the University of Law (ULaw) to launch a paralegal apprenticeship for school leavers.

The firm will offer the roles in its Birmingham outpost, with the first apprentice starting in January 2017. The two-year programme will be tailored to job specific roles in the firm’s real estate and corporate finance departments.

ULaw will provide the academic part of the course with apprenticeship specialists Damar Training

Michael Gallimore, head of Hogan Lovells’ Legal Services Centre, said: “This is a first for Hogan Lovells and an important development for us in continuing to ensure that we are finding the best talent for the business. Apprenticeships offer access to highly capable and bright students who are seeking to forge a career in law, via an alternative path.  We look forward to welcoming our first apprentice to the firm in early 2017.”

Numerous firms now run apprenticeships of one sort or another. In August, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer launched a paralegal apprenticeship scheme, and like Hogan Lovells, is running it in its regional legal services centre. Meanwhile, Clyde & Co runs the Trailblazer paralegal apprenticeship in Newcastle, London, Manchester and Guildford.