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Legal Trainee Scheme 2022 now live!

The Legal Trainee Scheme, open for applications from Wednesday 5th January – Monday 31st January, will offer positions to those with an interest in criminal law and seeking to become fully qualified barristers or solicitors. Pupillage is one year in duration whilst the Period of Recognised Training takes two years to complete.

As a pupil barrister for the CPS, you will have a variety of key responsibilities you will undertake, with supervision. These include representing the CPS at court and presenting cases; corresponding with other criminal justice system agencies, defence lawyers and counsel; providing advice to police on charging; and arranging and attending professional courses and undertaking activities to ensure that the Bar Counsel training requirements are met.

As a trainee solicitor for the CPS, you will have a variety of key responsibilities you will undertake, with supervision. These include reviewing and preparing cases; corresponding with other criminal justice system agencies, defence lawyers and counsel; providing advice to police on charging; and arranging and attending professional courses and undertaking activities to ensure that the Law Society training requirements are met.

Upon successful qualification, legal trainees will be offered permanent posts as Crown Prosecutors, where they will initially be based in a Magistrates' Court Unit with the expectation that they will then gain the necessary skills and competence to apply for Senior Crown Prosecutor posts and beyond. This exciting pathway will be open across England and Wales, with a bi-lingual Welsh pathway also available.

Further information about this year's scheme will be circulated regularly both on our @CPSCareers Twitter feed, Crown Prosecution Service LinkedIn page and @CrownProsecutors Instagram page, so keep an eye out for more exciting developments.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill QC, invites candidates to apply for the Legal Trainee Scheme

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