Kingsley Napley LLP is delighted to announce the launch of The Legal Apprentice, a nationwide competition in conjunction with The Times, which invites Year 12 pupils from all 4,168 secondary schools across the UK to compete to win a place as a solicitor apprentice at the London-based law firm.    

The brainchild of Stephen Parkinson, Kingsley Napley’s newly-appointed Senior Partner, The Legal Apprentice embodies Stephen’s and the firm’s desire to expand legal career opportunities to students from non-traditional backgrounds who are underrepresented in the profession.   

The competition will see pupils work together in teams to complete three rounds of ‘heats’ which will test their legal knowledge, negotiation and drafting skills.

Four groups will then be picked by Kingsley Napley to take part in a live final in June 2019, at the offices of The Times’s parent company, News UK.  Legal Apprentice - Stephen Parkinson of Kingsley Napley

All students in the winning team will receive £500 each and will be interviewed individually by Kingsley Napley for the chance to win a legal apprenticeship at the firm after completing their A-Levels. 

Stephen Parkinson comments: “Kingsley Napley is keen to spearhead the drive to increase social mobility within the legal profession. There are many highly-talented pupils across the UK who may not previously have considered a life in law, perhaps believing it to be the preserve of the privileged few. I urge all schools to encourage entries from their pupils – the law has given me so much in my lifetime, I want to enable a greater range of students to experience such an enriching career.”

Kingsley Napley has devised a series of teaching aids, available to all who enter, which are designed to support teachers in educating their students on matters involving the application of both civil and criminal law.

Teachers must register their school’s interest in The Legal Apprentice by 18 December 2018 via a dedicated web page. Once teachers have registered, students from their school will be able to sign up. 

 

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