CPS Legal Trainee Scheme

Here we look at the CPS Legal Trainee Scheme in the UK, including salary, training pathways for those with an undergraduate degree in law, and locations where it can be completed.

The National Legal Trainee Scheme with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is available for applications to those with an undergraduate degree in law of 2:2 or better and have completed, or will be due to complete, their post graduate Legal Practice Course (LPC) in order to start in September 2021.

For the April 2021 application deadline, there were 40 roles advertised for starting in September 2021, with a further 20 placements available to start in September 2022.

Flexible working, full-time and part-time roles are offered.

The positions are for 2 years employment on a fixed term contract, with salary of £25,480 (slightly higher for those in London).

Locations across England and Wales where the CPS Legal Trainee Scheme can be completed are:

  • London and the core cities of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham and Sheffield
  • Brighton and Hove, Cambridge, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Eastleigh, Exeter, Guildford, Hull, Ipswich, Leicester, Norwich, Portsmouth, Preston, Reading, St Albans, Truro

Statements from the CPS on its legal trainee scheme have explained that the organisation fully appreciates how important the law training scheme is in bringing talented individuals into the CPS, and that it is fully committed to developing its staff.

The CPS is continually looking at future plans for the legal trainee scheme once budgets have been set, and looks into the development of a “sustainable alternative” to the scheme.

The CPS is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases which are being investigated in England and Wales. It currently employs approximately 3,000 lawyers.

Through its Legal Trainee Scheme it has often offered around 70 training contracts per year. In employment with the scheme, trainee solicitors would undertake placements to:

• Government Legal Services
• Private Practices
• Magistrate’s Courts
• Local Authorities

Places on the CPS Legal Trainee Scheme tend to be advertised one year in advance, so interested parties are advised to keep checking their website for updates.

The CPS also offers 12-month barrister pupillages.