Both graduands are studying on the Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with CILEx Law School and The City Law School.

First published Thursday, 6 th August, 2020 • by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer) Sarah-Jane Legge and Holly Moore have graduated with LLB Legal Practice (First Class Honours) degrees after four years on the Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme in partnership with CILEx Law School and The City Law School.

The six-year Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme was announced in 2015 as an innovative new pathway leading to qualification as a solicitor. It has the potential to diversify the profession by opening up opportunities for individuals who might not otherwise consider a career in law or have the resources to follow more traditional pathways.

Sarah-Jane is completing her apprenticeship at Ashtons Legal. She attended Oxford University where she obtained a degree in modern languages.

Satisfaction

She said the biggest challenge facing apprentices is creating a routine and finding the time and motivation to study around work and home life. However, one of the highlights of her apprenticeship has been “the excitement of getting stuck into new areas of law every year, and the satisfaction of finally landing on my argument in an essay or problem question”.

Sarah-Jane’s passion lies in French property law: I would like to qualify into the French Legal Services Team at Ashtons Legal, specialising in French property law and cross-border estates and gain further experience in the field by working in a Notarial Office in France. My ultimate ambition is to become a partner at Ashtons Legal and eventually Head of the French Legal Services Team. Holly is completing her apprenticeship at ITV. Though the course has not been without its challenges, she has no regrets: “This course to qualification is certainly challenging, as we have had to balance our working responsibilities with our study commitments and find time for ourselves, which hasn’t been easy. However, I have enjoyed studying different areas of law, and applying what I have studied to my work, which I have benefited from. I have gained organisational and communication skills which have benefited me in all areas […]

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