If you’re from a socially mobile background and want to pursue a career as a solicitor, then listen up, because this one’s for you! STRIVE has teamed up with Flex Legal, who are offering diverse and socially mobile candidates a unique way to qualify.
The Flex Trainee Programme allows you to:
Under this innovative programme, you will be provided with two years of Qualifying Work Experience (“QWE”) within the in-house legal teams of some of the top companies in the world. Depending on business need, you may be allocated to one or two businesses throughout the programme. Flex Legal will endeavour to provide you with exposure to different parts of businesses or industries too. For example, your first 12 months may span litigation, employment and immigration, and afterwards you may focus entirely on commercial matters. Flex Legal does its best to ensure that you get a balanced set of experiences across varied parts of legal practice, much like a traditional training contract.
This is truly a game-changer for the industry - and your career too.
Please note, however, that Flex is not an SRA-authorised training provider. Therefore Flex’s Trainee Programme is not a traditional training contract where you can qualify via the LPC and a "Period of Recognised Training". Rather, Flex’s Trainee Programme provides its trainees with two years of QWE so that they can qualify under the SQE route.
In most traditional training contracts within private practice (i.e. law firms), you would be rotated around four departments within the firm, each rotation lasting six months. If you’re lucky, one of those might be a secondment, either to the firm’s international offices (an ‘international secondment’), or to assist the in-house legal team at one of the firm’s clients (a ‘client secondment‘).
Where do we start?! There are many reasons, but our favourite ones are:
Flex works with the UK’s most forward-looking legal functions to make sure you are exposed to a wide range of work. Here’s a snapshot of the companies at which Flex’s Trainees previously completed their QWE: