How a Solicitor Apprenticeship compares to the traditional university route to qualifying as a Solicitor?

In the past there was one main route to qualifying as a Solicitor and that was the traditional university route. To follow this route you would need to take the following steps: complete a three year law degree (universities can charge up to £9,000 per year for courses), complete your one year Legal Practice Course (LPC) (LPC fees range from £8,500 to upwards of £15,000), apply for and complete a two year Training Contract at a law firm (Training Contracts are not guaranteed to LPC students. It is similar to applying for a job.).

Solicitor Apprenticeships offer an alternative route to qualification in the same timeframe whilst providing on the job learning, experience and also avoiding costly student debt. The below shows how the two routes compare.