Tucked away in the new year’s press was an announcement of an apprenticeship route to qualification as a solicitor. I wondered why and when the profession abandoned the five-year article route.
Over the years there have been, as there is now, a number of different routes to train and qualify as a solicitor. Before 1980, there was a Part One examination for school leavers and non-law graduates following a one-year course for school leavers or optional six-month course for non-law graduates. All candidates took the Part Two examination after an optional six-month course.
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