London - Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that it has recruited two people onto its "Articled Apprenticeship" programme. Mayer Brown is the first law firm in the City of London to offer the innovative programme in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw), which combines part-time study and work to provide an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor.

The successful candidates, Rosie Ahmadi and David Elikwu, will be employed by Mayer Brown for the duration of their six-year apprenticeship, which starts on 7 September, whilst studying part-time at ULaw. The programme consists of a four year part-time LLB followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and the Professional Skills Course (PSC) to be completed in two years. In year three of the programme work will start to count towards the training contract as "a period of recognised training", which will continue until the PSC is completed.

The apprentices will initially complete a nine month rotation in the Business Intake and Information Centre departments in Mayer Brown's London office before making the transition into the firm’s practice areas. They will start the part-time LLB at ULaw's Bloomsbury Campus on 22 September, where they will have six hours of face-to-face tuition per week and a regular Saturday webinar.

Commenting on the appointments, Annette Sheridan, Global Chief HR Officer at Mayer Brown, said: "The calibre of applicants who put themselves forward for this apprenticeship was extremely high, therefore we decided to offer a legal apprenticeship to two people. I am delighted to welcome our inaugural apprentices — Rosie and David — to the firm and I look forward to watching their progress as they develop their future careers. The Articled Apprenticeship gives talented people like them, who have decided against full-time study, a credible alternative to qualification as a solicitor."

The application process for the next legal apprenticeship intake opens in January 2016.