Law is an exciting career prospect for many, but university isn’t always the right choice for every person. Whether you want to avoid university fees or you are keen to get stuck in and work straight away, our Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme gives you to a great alternative route to qualify as a Solicitor.
Our established programme has been running for 5 years so we know how to help you achieve your goals and how to support you along the way.
Our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme is a 6 year programme, during which you will complete an LLB in Legal Practice, undertake the SQE 1 and SQE 2 exams, and complete 2 years of Qualifying Work Experience. Across all 6 years, you will work in our London office for 35 hours per week, 4 days will be spent working in our practice groups and one day will be allocated to study.
During the first 4 years, you’ll be studying towards your law degree with our academic partner, the University of Law. You’ll spend a year in 4 different practice areas where you’ll be involved in many of the day to day tasks of a trainee lawyer.
In year 5 and 6, you’ll be studying for the Solicitor’s Qualifying Exams whilst rotating teams every 6 months. Throughout your apprenticeship you will experience a range of different practice areas and get involved in high level work with both private and commercial clients.
Some of your key tasks as a solicitor apprentice may include:
- Drafting documents and correspondence
- Assisting partners and associates with various tasks
- Liaising with clients, other law firms and third parties including Local Authorities, Companies House etc.
- Conducting legal research
- As you gain more experience, you’ll be given more responsibility such as attending client meetings with your supervisor and running parts of files
Training & Support
Throughout your apprenticeship programme and in addition to your studies you will receive regular training. This could come in the form of on the job training with your supervisor, or more formal training sessions through the Charles Russell Speechlys’ Business School.
In each group that you work in you will be assigned a dedicated supervisor who will work with you to ensure that you are developing the required skills and knowledge and will also assist you with your portfolio. You will also receive support from Human Resources throughout your apprenticeship.
In addition to this, you will have a personal tutor at the University of Law who will meet you at regular intervals throughout the programme.
Salary & Benefits
You will earn a starting salary of £20,000 which will increase as your progress through the apprenticeship programme.
You will also be entitled to the full range of staff benefits including:
- 25 days annual holiday, plus long service accrual
- Private medical insurance
- Income protection
- Life assurance
- Pension scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Enhanced maternity/paternity/shared parental benefits
- Cycle to work scheme
- Season ticket loan
- Qualification leave
- Dress for your day policy
How to Apply
Applications open: 1 October 2021
Applications close: 13 February 2022
You must have achieved or be predicted at least BBB at A-Level (or equivalent), and have 8 GCSE’s grades 9 – 4 including English and Maths.
Once you have submitted your application, our panel of reviewers will review all applications. Those shortlisted will be asked to take part in a written task and then if successful invited to an assessment centre during the Easter holidays 2022. Our assessment centre includes a range of individual and group activities, including a face-to-face interview, designed to assess the key skills required as a solicitor.
People come to us from a variety of backgrounds, with a range of views that combine to give us our distinctive perspective on the law – our assessment centre is designed for you to showcase your best self and also for you to get to know us in return.
We are able to make reasonable adjustments for those who require it. In these instances you should contact us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to ensuring we offer a work environment where equal opportunities are available to all, everyone is assessed on their own abilities and that we maintain a culture of mutual respect; where everyone can bring their whole self to work and where our differences are welcomed and celebrated.