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Apprenticeships and law careers were top of the agenda on Thursday, 7 February 2019, when members of Lyons Davidson attended the Careers Day at Notre Dame Sixth Form College, with whom we have a longstanding relationship.

Notre Dame caters for students aged 16+. The college is attended by approximately 1,500 domestic and international students and offers a full range of A-levels and BTECS. One of the most popular choices for study is A-level law and the college has just launched a BTEC in law, with around 40 BTEC students expected; the intention is to link the BTEC course with legal apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships and law careers – what are the routes?

Fallon O’Mahony, Chantelle Brand, Steven Vettorel and three apprentices, Grace Leake, Josh Summerscales and Mariam Hussain, spoke to hundreds of students about the legal apprenticeships we offer at Lyons Davidson, generating a lot of interest for this year’s upcoming application window.

Apprenticeships vs university

They also discussed the benefits of apprenticeships and university with students, many of whom were undecided about which route to take. We advised the students that if they undertook an apprenticeship then they’d gain invaluable working experience that would make them more employable than university students without any experience of working within the legal profession. In addition, they would not have debt from attending university, as they would earn while they learn.

The students were able to ask any questions that they had in relation to roles in Lyons Davidson, the career paths that the staff who attended had taken and what it was like to work for the business.

All the students had a rewarding day and we are looking forward to next years Careers Fair at Notre Dame. We also hope to see some familiar faces when conducting the interviews for the apprenticeships this year!

For more information about Lyons Davidson’s work with Notre Dame Sixth Form College or legal apprenticeships in general, contact Fallon O’Mahony by emailing [email protected]  or calling 0113 390 4196; or Chantelle Brand in the Training department by emailing [email protected] or 0117 904 5968.