The Legal Apprentice is the first legal competition offering students from around the UK the opportunity to learn in a practical and fun way about what it is to be a solicitor. After a teacher registers the school’s interest in participating, students will be able to register to participate online.
Registered students will then be put into teams and over a three month period, they will be invited to complete tasks which emulate the type of work solicitors undertake on a day-to-day basis.
It is important that the competition is accessible to schools and students from all corners of the UK, so we are running the preliminary rounds virtually – through the competition portal, webinars and Skype calls etc. The final will be held in London at News UK – finalists (and their accompanying teacher) will have their travel and accommodation costs covered by Kingsley Napley.
Before students can register, at least one teacher per school is required to complete the online form to create an account for the students – teachers will be provided with login details their students can use to enter. There is no limit as to how many students can register from one school.
Students register online using credentials supplied following the teacher’s registration. After the registration deadline (18 December 2018) You are required to assign teams of between 2 – 4 students via the teacher portal by 17:00 on the 18 January 2019. You will be able to view your team selections at any time (also via the teacher portal).
We don’t expect students to know the law. However, we want to provide as much help / background knowledge as possible to help them with the tasks of the competition. This 30 minute webinar, hosted by Kingsley Napley trainees, provides the legal basics that might help students answer Task 1.
Don’t have time for a webinar? Do not worry. Students can download the material from the Student Portal.
Live Webinar will take place on 6 February 2019.
Let the games begin!
Students will be provided with a fictional scenario based on a school muck up day gone awry. The teams will be asked to analyse the facts set out in the scenario and identify a variety of legal issues. They will also have to apply the legal knowledge they have gained from the factsheets and webinar to answer a series of questions.
This task goes live on 31 January 2019. The deadline is 15 February 2019.
The second task is designed to test students on their ability to interview a witness. We will assess the students’ client care and communication skills, as well as their ability to extract key information from a witness. They will then have to use this information to draft a brief witness statement to support their client’s case.
Held between 25 February 2019 and 7 March 2019.
In the final heat, students will be asked to prepare a short presentation which would persuade a potential client to instruct them. Solicitors routinely have to pitch for work in the extremely competitive legal market. The students must use their presentation and interpersonal skills to stand out from the crowd and show the ‘client’ why they are the best solicitors to take their case on.
This task goes live on 14 March 2019. The deadline is 3 April 2019.
Feedback provided and finalists announced on 10 May 2019.
Four teams will be selected to participate in the final in front of an audience of up to 200 of their peers. The travel and accommodation for the final teams will be provided for finalists based outside of London..
The live final will be held on 19 June 2019.
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