Apprenticeships - LegalGoing to university and pursuing a degree is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes. They have the attraction of being less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free. These schemes are becoming increasingly popular with employers.
Legal: Addleshaw Goddard Apprenticeships
Addleshaw Goddard is a large international law firm who advise businesses. Their apprenticeship opportunities are based in the Manchester and Leeds offices. You will work in the Transaction Service Team (TST) and receive a starting salary of c£12,000 plus other benefits.During the programme, you will work towards achieving an NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which will be taught by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Law School, with all training costs covered by the firm.
What will you be doing?
- You will perform a job with real responsibility, being involved in exciting and large legal projects. You will undertake fee earning work from the start, gaining experience in tasks such as managing and reviewing documents, proofreading, client liaison, preparing documents for trial and working as part of a team with paralegals on various large projects. Working in the different TST practice areas, such as real estate and litigation, will give a broader understanding of the legal work that will help you complete your NVQ. There are also opportunities to work across different UK offices.
Upon successful completion, all apprentices become paralegals. There will then be opportunities to continue studying towards CILEx qualifications, with the aim of becoming a chartered legal executive.
The scheme has been created for students who have at least five GCSEs (or equivalent), including English and Maths and at least three Cs (or equivalent) at A Level.
As well as academic achievement, you must have excellent communication skills, a good eye for detail, and the ability to follow instructions and work well as part of a team. You do not need legal experience to apply, but ambition to succeed in a legal career is essential.
Legal: Ashfords Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship
Ashfords has 76 partners and over 500 staff across 6 offices in London, Bristol, Exeter, Taunton, Tiverton and Plymouth. They offer a Paralegal Trailblazer which gives you the opportunity to start a career in law without needing to go to university. At the end of the two years, you could remain as a paralegal or continue on through to chartered legal executive studies.
What they are looking for?
They are looking for people who are highly motivated to learn and have a positive, can-do approach. You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be highly organised and have good attention to detail. They also expect a good standard of education and would be looking for you to have 8 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including Maths & English) and (or be expecting) 3 A Levels at grade C or above.
Legal: BBC Legal Apprentice Programme
BBC offer the Legal Apprentice Progarmme designed forhigh achieving school leavers to work towards qualifying as lawyers. Training on the apprentice programme is run by CILEx Law School via distance learning and workplace assessment. You will be with the BBC for 2 years during which you will take Level 3 legal qualifications that form part of the route to become a lawyer.
You will earn a salary and all your tuition fees will be paid for by the BBC.
What you will study
The apprenticeship covers an Introduction to Law and Practice (the English Legal System); Contract Law; Civil Litigation; Client Care Skills and Legal Research Skills. You will also be acquiring the skills of a paralegal such as creating documents for court; drafting; doing research, and communicating with clients. The apprenticeship is called a Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Paralegals.
What work will you do?
During the apprenticeship you will be heavily involved in the legal work carried out by the BBC - assisting lawyers with their cases, transactions and projects, having your own responsibilities within the team, carrying out legal research and building relationships with internal clients.
Opportunities are available in London, Salford and Glasgow.
Legal: Bevan Brittan Legal Apprenticeship
Bevan Brittan is a ntaional law firm providing legal advice to public, private and third sector organisations. These include central and local government and the NHS commissioning agents. They have offices in Bristol, London, Birmingham and Leeds.
Their apprenticeship takes place over two years with successful candidates joining their Employment, Property, Litigation or Clinical Risk departments. The programme is a combination of work and study, and over the two years you will work towards gaining a CILEx Level 3 qualification.
For four days a week, you will work alongside experienced lawyers assisting them with their matters. Once in your department, you will receive on the job training to learn the practical skills and gain the relevant knowledge to become a competent paralegal. You will need to collect a portfolio of evidence for assessment, and you will also spend one day per week studying for CILEx examinations.Exact roles and responsibilities will depend on the department you join, but the type of tasks you can expect to carry out include:-
- Drafting basic correspondence to clients
- Carrying out legal research
- Assisting your supervisor with case files
- Drafting contracts, leases and other legal documents
- Arranging and Attending conferences with counsel
- Attending court hearings when appropriate
- Drafting letters of instruction
- Collating and creating bundles
- Attending departmental training sessions
They are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants. 300 UCAS points and A*- C's at GCSE is the expectation but you do not have to have studied A level law.
Legal: Brethertons Apprenticeship
Brethertons is a rapidly expanding firm of solicitors, employing 270 staff in 3 offices in Banbury, Bicester and Rugby. They offer the opportunity to study towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship and a CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualification, which will allow you to qualify as a paralegal. You will require A levels to apply.
The programme involves a combination of on the job training and formal one day a week class room training. All your fees will be covered and you will be paid a salary.
Legal: Burges Salmon Apprenticeships
Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm with over 350 lawyers, with offices in London and Bristol. Their apprentceships involve both classroom training ( provided by BPP) as well as on the job learning which lead to various leagl roles as well as qualifying as a solicitor. You will start your apprenticeship by learning the basics. As time goes on you will experience different areas of the firm, diversify your workload and increase your level of responsibility. By the end of the apprenticeship you will have developed a wide range of invaluable transferable skills and have a thorough understanding of what it is like to work in a top commercial law firm . The programme is based in Bristol and has a salary of over £15,000 per annum.
To start with you will be involved in a range of administrative level tasks that will give you exposure to a variety of work. These may include:
- assisting with the opening, progress and closing of files
- attending meetings and taking notes
- managing data/records
- reviewing documents
- collating bundles for court
- collating transactional documentation
- carrying our research
- handling confidential and sensitive information
- understanding and utilising basic financial information
- communicating both in writing and orally with people from across the firm.
Study & Qualifications
The programme involves completing a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship with additional study to give you a Level 4 qualification (equivalent to the first year of university). Obtaining this Level 4 qualification means that you will be able to complete the Level 7 Solicitor apprenticeship in a reduced period of time (five years, instead of six).
At the end of the two years you could complete a higher level apprenticeship that would enable you to qualify as a solicitor. It will be possible to complete the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship within a shorter period of time having completed the Paralegal Apprenticeship (five years instead of six). This means you could qualify as a solicitor at the same time as someone who decided to go to university, with the added benefit of six years of work experience.
- GCSE: grades A to C or equivalent are essential. You will need to have achieved at least a B in Maths and English.
- A Levels: ABB or equivalent.
- Team Work
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work with technology
- Enthisiastic and motivated to learn
Legal: Clyde & Co Apprenticeships
Clyde & Co are a top 15 UK law firm with 33 global offices. They offer a vocational qualification route via the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services in Manchester.
They work with CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) Law School in providing a two year apprenticeship programme working towards a specialist legal qualification (civil litigation or personal injury). There will be the opportunity to progress further by way of additional study towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive.
The apprenticeship will be a structured programme combining academic and work-based learning assessing the two main forms of learning:a knoweldge and competence qualification.
Legal: Dentons Bright Future Apprenticeship Programme
Dentons is an international law firm offering an apprenticeship that will allow you to qualify as a solicitor with an LLB university degree. This six-year programme combines work-based learning in their London office and part-time study with BPP University. You will earn a salary of over £18,000 per annum and have no university fees to pay.
You will work in their London office, in a variety of practices such as Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Corporate and Dispute Resolution. As you progress through your apprenticeship, you will be required to produce a portfolio with examples of work you have done in your practice. Examples of the type of work you will carry out are: preparing documents for a transaction, drafting a letter to a client and carrying out a piece of research.
As you progress through the programme, you will be given more responsibility, including running parts of cases and meeting with clients.
You will have one day a week to study and attend classes at BPP University. You will study by blended learning, with attendance at “live” online classes and regular face-to-face classes at the Law School. You will be provided with a range of materials and access to a virtual learning environment.
You will take exams and assessments throughout the six-year programme to meet the requirements for the LLB degree. You will also be required to pass the Solicitor Regulation Authority (SRA) centralised assessment, consisting of two parts.
You need a strong record of academic and extra-curricular achievement. Ideally, Dentons would like to see seven GCSEs at grade B or above (including Maths and English) and A,B,B at A level.
Legal: DWF Paralegal Apprenticeships
DWF have 12 offices across the UK and offer the Paralegal Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeship.
You will work towards achieving a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which will be taught by BPP and DWP will cover all training costs. In addition BPP will provide you with the opportunity to study for a certificate in Higher Education, a qualification which is equivalent to the first year of a degree.This Paralegal Trailblazer qualification can lead to qualification as a solicitor.
You will either work in their Legal Services Centre, or in one of the insurance or commercial legal teams. Throughout the apprenticeship you will have the support of your team members, supervisor and a dedicated mentor. During the course of the two year apprenticeship you will gradually be exposed to more complex legal work.
Entry level requirements:
- 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics
- 3 C's (or equivalent) at A-Level.
As well as good academics, you must have excellent communication skills, an eye for detail and the ability to follow instructions and be able to work well as part of a team. You do not need legal work experience to apply, but work and life experience is valuable. Part time work particularly in customer service or retail may be an advantage.
In your application they are keen to see your drive and determination for a career in law and a good understanding of the firm.
DWF also offer non legal apprenticeships. These are designed to help you develop a career in a professional services firm undertaking roles in either finance, office management, IT, facilities or providing administrative support to a legal team.
Legal: Eversheds Sutherland Non-Legal Apprenticeships
Eversheds Sutherland is one of the worlds largest law firms with offices throughout the UK. The non-legal apprenticeship is designed to help you develop a career in professional services such as marketing, finance and facilities support. Combining on-the-job training with study at the BPP, this two-year programme will culminate in a full-time contract with Eversheds and a qualification relevant to the team you are joining.
How does it work?
The apprenticeship training is delivered by BPP Professional Education Group. You will study a range of modules, normally online, covering the topics required by the awarding body such as City & Guilds or AAT. The most relevant apprenticeship will be selected based on the role you are undertaking, for example QCF Diploma in Business and Administration or AAT Diploma in Accounting. The Level 3 or Level 4 qualification will be offered depending on your current qualifications and scope within the role.
In certain areas, such as marketing and HR, there would be the opportunity to study the CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing or CIPD Foundation Certificate in Human Resources Practice. Eversheds will support you with time off to attend webinars and complete observations, together with study leave for exams. In the work place you will carry out supervised work-based learning in order to meet both the requirements of your role and requirements of your course.
On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will move into an appropriate non-apprentice role in your team.
What is required?
They expect you to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A-C including Maths and English, and expecting good A level results or equivalent. Eversheds' core values are teamwork, being client centred, continuous improvement, accountability, straightforwardness and mutual respect. They are looking for candidates who can demonstrate these values and show a passion for the Firm and their chosen apprentice route.
Legal: Eversheds Sutherland Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeship Programme
Eversheds Sutherland are one of the worlds largest and most prestigious law firms, with offices throughout the UK. Their Trailblazer level seven solicitor apprenticeships herald a new era in solicitor training. Offered in conjunction with BPP University Law School, they provide the chance to qualify as a solicitor following a six-year programme of work-based learning and part-time study. Qualification is based on assessment from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and will result in the award of an LLB.
Trailblazer level seven gives you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor whilst earning a salary rather than paying the tuition fees required for full-time study. You will be paid a salary in excess of £15,000.
How does it work?
The apprenticeship training is delivered by BPP University Law School, one day a week. Eversheds will support you with paid time off to attend classes together with study leave for assessments. By the end of the six-year programme, if you have passed the BPP University assessments you will get an LLB degree. You will also gain further Masters Level Seven credits which can be used towards an LLM or masters at BPP University.
In the workplace, you will carry out supervised work-based learning in order to meet the SRA’s competence statement and will produce a work-based assessment portfolio. In addition to examinations throughout the apprenticeship, there will also be an SRA centralised assessment that you will need to pass to qualify as a solicitor.
On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will move into an appropriate non-apprentice role in your team at Eversheds
What are they looking for?
The Trailblazer level seven solicitor apprenticeship is available to people with a minimum of five GCSE grades A-C (including Maths and English) who are expecting good A-level results, equivalent to at least 120 UCAS points (BBB), excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Their core values are teamwork, being client centred, continuous improvement, accountability, straightforwardness and mutual respect. They are therefore looking for candidates who can demonstrate these values and show a passion for the firm and their chosen apprentice route.
Legal: Fieldfisher Steps 2 Success
Fieldfisher is a mid sized City law firm, with eight offices across Europe, with over 700 employees. In 2013, they have launched their school leaver programme to establish an alternative route to university enabling high achieving school leavers to qualify as lawyers. Through mentoring and support in the office and sponsorship of CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executives) qualifications, those on their school leaver programme can go on to qualify as lawyers five years after starting our programme.
With their Step2Success programme, you’ll become a fully qualified lawyer –as you would if you went to university and Law school. But instead of building up thousands of pounds of debt, you’ll be paid throughout on a starting salary of £16k . You will qualify as a lawyer through the legal executive route in 5 years. You will work towards your level 6 CILEx qulaification - a professional diploma in law and practice.
Departments where you culd be working: Real Estate, Personal Injury and Medical Negligence, Employment, Technology and Outsourcing, Public and Regulatory Group
- CV and online application form
- online verbal reasoning tests
- individual video submission
- assessment centre - group exercise and interviews
- work experience
Legal: Fletchers Apprenticeships
Fletchers Solicitors are a law firm that specialises in the key areas of Serious Injury, Motorbike Accidents and Medical Negligence, based in Merseyside. They offer a range of apprenticeships. Their paralegal apprenticeship will give you a level 3 CILEx qualification. You will learn on the job as well as attend formal class room training once a week, which is paid for my Fletchers. You will also be paid a salary so you will earn whilst you learn.
Legal: FootAnstey Legal Academy
FootAnstey are among the UK's top 100 law firms, with over 45 partners and 500 staff, with offices in London and throughout the south west. They provide a legal Academy in association with Weston College. This offer a three-year apprenticeship programme supporting a level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in business administration and level 3 advanced apprenticeship in legal services.
Legal: Gordon's LLP Apprenticeships (GAP)
Gordons is a law practice with offices in Bradford (head office), Leeds and London. They are a multi discipline practice offering a full range of services to both businesses and private clients.
They offer 18 year old A level students an Apprenticeship (GAP) for those that would prefer a more practical way of gaining professional qualifications than going to University. You need to have the drive and ability to work and learn at the same time. Through this mix of practical experience and training you will gain valuable skills to have an excellent career in law. You will receive an annual salary of £10,390
“GAP” encourages specialising in certain areas of law; Business recovery and restructuring, commercial contracts, commercial litigation, commercial property, corporate, employment, family, planning and environmental, personal injury, personal law and residential conveyancing.
Gordons are keen to welcome candidates who have shown evidence of determination and a willingness to overcome challenges, and particularly those who are the first member of their family to apply to Higher Education (excluding older brothers and sisters).
The programme consists of a mixture of work based learning and education. You will work at Gordons and study for CILEx Examinations (Chartered Institute of Legal Executive Lawyers) which, on average, will take four years of part-time study attending one day or evening class per week or by following a distance learning course. Exams are held twice per year.
Stage 1 – Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice (this is set at “A” level standard). Years 1 and 2
Stage 2 – Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice (this is set at honours degree level). Years 3 and 4
On completion of both stages of the qualification you will be required to undertake a further two years employment, before becoming a legal executive lawyer at the firm. It is possible to accelerate the learning if you are really ambitious so that qualification comes in 5 years.
You need to have gained 2 or more A Levels at grade B or above as well as 5 GCSEs including English and Maths. You also need to reside within easy distance of Leeds or Bradford.
Legal: Gowling WLG Legal Programme
Gowling WLG offer a two-year Paralegal Trailblazer programme to become a trained legal professional who works independently and as part of a team. They will help you develop your skills in conducting legal research and networking. You also take part in law and legal practice training, supplied by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, and aimed at gaining nationally recognised qualifications.
Where you go from there
This makes for an enticing start to a legal career. Once you've completed the apprenticeship, you have the option to further enhance your career, because now you can continue to work as a paralegal and, if you choose:
- Take an additional four-year apprenticeship to become a chartered legal executive; or
- Start an additional six-year apprenticeship and become a qualified solicitor
Legal: Hill Dickinson Legal Apprenticeship
Hill Dickinson is an international commercial law firm. They offer a legal apprenticeship. The programme is designed to help you develop your business skills while completing formal training and studying towards CILex qualifications. It is a two year structured training programme based in either their Liverpool or Manchester offices. You will join as a trainee paralegal, before completing your nationally recognised CILex Level 3 Qualification - your first step in becoming a qualified lawyer or legal executive.
The scheme offers a competitive salary while you study towards a professional qualification. You will be part of a team, working alongside clients, meaning you will be learning on the job and building vital in-depth business knowledge.
Attend their open evening for more information.
What you will need?
• A minimum of 240 UCAS tariff points or 3 B’s at A Level, or equivalent
Legal: Irwin Mitchell Client Service Apprenticeships
Irwin Mitchell are a national law firm with international capability. They have 11 offices throughout the UK and are the 19th largest law firm in the UK. They offer a client service apprenticeship programme which will provide you with the tools, techniques and experience you need to deliver excellent client service and pay you over £15,000 per annum.
You will work alongside experienced customer service representatives to learn the type of calls received, the ability to build lasting rapport and the confidence to adapt quickly in a customer service environment. You will also be given training on questioning techniques, call ownership and the opportunity develop your wider portfolio of skills in a fast paced, innovative and professional environment. The teams are responsible for guiding clients through the process of making a legal claim. As a Client Service Expert you will work in a dynamic team of 10 to 13 experienced and friendly Client Service experts.
Your academic and competency training will be through Sheffield City College.
You will need five GCSE grades A to C or equivalent, including Maths and English. You will also need three A-level grades D or above or equivalent.
Legal: Irwin Mitchell Paralegal Apprenticeships
Irwin Mitchell are a national law firm with international capability. They have 11 offices throughout the UK and are the 19th largest law firm in the UK. Their Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme gives you the opportunity to begin a legal career and gain first-hand experience working within real legal teams. As part of the apprenticeship you’ll study for the CILEx NVQ Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship – and the costs of this will be met through Government sponsorship.
Apprenticeships are available in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Sheffield offices. Depending on the location, you could join teams in:
- personal injury
- commercial litigation
- real estate
What will you be doing?
You’ll help case handlers provide quality legal advice to our clients and progress cases efficiently, becoming an important part of the case management team. Working closely with other team members, you’ll support partners where appropriate, which may include:
- Preparing bundles of documentation and drafting key legal documents
- Managing files for legal matters
- Drafting legal documents
- Speaking with clients
- Booking appointments
- Opening and closing files
You will need five GCSE grades A to C or equivalent, including Maths and English. You will also need three A-level grades C or above or equivalent, excluding General Studies
Legal: John M Hayes Cost Lawyers & Draftsmen School Leaver Traineeship
The John M Hayes School Leaver Traineeship is a 3 year programme that provides an opportunity to develop a career with one of the leading, and the largest, firms of Costs Draftsmen in the Country.
Law Cost Draftsmen are responsible for dealing with all aspects of solicitors’ costs that are controlled by both statute and common law. They deal with every conceivable type of legal matter that touches upon the subject of costs and it is the Costs Draftsman’s skill to successfully assist in the legal process.
John M Hayes are offer a starting salary of £10,000 nationwide. They have 11 offices throughout the UK. In addition there will be opportunity to earn bonuses during the 2nd and 3rd year of the training programme. In order to become familiar with office procedure your training will cover both administrative roles and responsibilities as well as cost drafting training within the office. Following the successful completion of the three year traineeship you will be able to progress to a full time position as a Costs Draftsman with competitive salary plus benefits, including monthly bonus opportunities.
You should hold, or expect to achieve, a minimum of three A levels at grade C or above – or equivalent 240 UCAS points – as a pre-requisite for this job. You also need to demonstrate a good command of written English together with strong analytical and mathematical skills. An interest in the law and its application would be beneficial, but not essential.
For more information on the traineeship and how to apply please click here.
Legal: Kennedys Legal Apprenticeships
Kennedys is an international legal firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. They have a number of UK offices, including London & Birmingham as well as offices in Europe, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Dubai.
They offer legal apprenticeships designed to help springboard you into a successful career in the legal world. If you are an A Level leaver or equivalent, you'll have the opportunity to join Kennedys as a Legal Apprentice. You need to have at least eight GCSEs at A* to B grade and be expecting to gain at least three A levels at A* to B grade.
The apprenticeship with Kennedys will teach you the skills you will need to work in a legal environment. You'll be helping lawyers with administration and office duties and building your legal knowledge.
The apprenticeship programme is made up of two phases:
1. A one-year intermediate apprenticeship in business and administration, Legal Pathway
2. A two-year advanced apprenticeship in legal services
After you have successfully completed the three-year apprenticeship, there will be a selection process and you will become a Litigation Executive at Kennedys. You will be an integral part of the firm, managing your own caseload, building your own relationships with clients and continuing to develop legal expertise in your field.
There are opportunities for apprentices in Birmingham, Chelmsford, London, Maidstone, Manchester and Sheffield.
The starting salary is £14,000- £18,000 depending on location.
The recruitment process involves an application form, online tests, a first interview, then second interview. Interviews take place during May and June.
Legal: Lexlaw Legal Apprenticeship
LEXLAW is an innovative legal practice of London Solicitors working with leading London Barristers who operate from legal chambers located in the ancient Middle Temple (Inn of Court), near the Royal Courts of Justice. They specialise mainly in litigation, crime, taxation and winding up petitions. As a legal apprentice, you will support the firm’s solicitors and barristers and follow their guidance whilst yourself training to qualify as a lawyer.
LEXLAW work closely with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), and a London-based further education college to offer the ‘Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration’ and the ‘Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services’, with the opportunity to progress onto the ‘Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services’.
You will need to have the confidence to deal with both individual lawyers and legal teams. You will work in the Legal Support Team and need to be reliable, adaptable, conscientious, and able to work to instructions.
After you have completed the apprenticeship, the successful apprentices will be invited to progress onto the next level of their apprenticeship with the main goal of becoming a qualified lawyer via the CILEX legal executive qualification. From there, with the necessary further training and exams, it is possible to cross-qualify as a solicitor or barrister.
Key Tasks and Duties:
- Administration of files
- To support the team and individual fee earners, with administrative tasks and action work as delegated by supervisor/partner
- Document and file management
- Archiving and retrieval of files
- Answering phone calls and greeting clients
- Liaising with clients, including the receipt of key documents
- Liaising with Chambers and mediation venues
- Filing documents at Court where necessary
- Ensuring incoming and outgoing post is dealt with effectively
- Provide team support with data entry and renewal information
- Diarising key events and ensuring the diaries are maintained
- Opening new application instructions accurately and within service standards
- Minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C including both Maths and English (or equivalent)
- One or more A levels (or equivalent) would be an advantage
Legal: Pinsent Masons Apprenticeship
Pinsent Masons is a global law firm with 23 offices including 7 across the UK and N Ireland. They offer 2 apprenticeship programmes; a Paralegal Apprenticeship and a Business Operations Aprenticeship. Their ‘earn as you learn’ qualification pathway offers the opportunity to combine academic study with work-based learning; simultaneous exposure to university and commercial environments; and potential future qualification and career opportunities on successful completion of a level 3 apprenticeship.
If you join Pinsent Masons as a paralegal apprentice you’ll become an integral member of one of their fee-earning teams. You will spend 80% of your time working on client projects alongside experienced lawyers and Trainee Solicitors who will provide regular mentoring and feedback. This will ensure you learn and develop vital skills such as attention to detail, team working and research techniques. You’ll also attend the University of Law for the remaining 20% to help achieve the academic requirements of your apprenticeship qualification.
Your day-to-day experiences will depend on the practice area you join, but it’s fair to say that no two days will be the same. You’ll be learning continuously as you work towards identifiable achievements. Typically, this will include drafting and proof-reading documents and correspondence, undertaking research, liaising with clients by phone, email and at face-to-face meetings; and getting involved in community work. You’ll also learn how to network with different groups of people as you attend training, seminars and conferences. Fantastic progression opportunities could be available on successful completion of this apprenticeship.
Business Operations Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are available in a number of Business Operations teams. Finance and Payroll departments for eg.
Like the paralegal apprentices, you will spend 20% of your time in off-the-job learning, delivered via a blend of small group, face-to-face sessions and remote tutor support.
Typical tasks you could expect to be involved in as a Finance apprentice include day to day activities such as data entry, month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. You might also find yourself involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns. Payroll apprentices will assist our Global Payroll team with the collating, administering and processing of the firm’s monthly payroll, while handling queries from our partners, employees and systems suppliers.
Their Finance and Payroll apprentices will be working towards the Assistant Accountant apprenticeship which provides the foundation for progression into a number of career paths in the Accounting sector.
Minimum Entry Requirements
The minimum academic requirements that you are are expected to meet or exceed are:
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English or equivalent
- 3 A-levels or equivalent at grade B
If you do not meet any of the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances which explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, you should include this in your covering letter.
Legal: SA Law Legal Apprenticeship
SA Law is based in St Albans and London. Their legal apprenticeship scheme gives you the opportunity to gain practical experience and training through full-time employment supported by part-time study and will provide you with the skills and qualifications necessary to develop a professional career in law.
Through this apprenticeship, you will receive ‘on the job’ training and can achieve status as a fully trained solicitor at the end of the six year period. You require A Levels to apply. Your tuition will be provided by City University and will be paid for by SA Law. In addition you will receive a salary.
Legal: SAS Daniel Legal Apprenticeships
SAS Daniel are based in Cheshire and have 4 offices in Stockport, Macclesfield, Chester and Congleton. An apprenticeship with SAS Daniels LLP will teach you the skills you need to work in the legal sector. You’ll be helping solicitors with administration and office duties and they will help you to build your legal knowledge to provide you with the skills to help kick start a successful career. As you progress through your training they will discuss which areas of law interest you most and where possible, fit you with those teams.
Training and assessment is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University who work closely with SAS Daniels throughout the apprenticeship.
The first year, through on and off the job training, you’ll be helping solicitors with duties and building your legal knowledge.After you have completed the One Year Apprenticeship, you’ll be invited to apply for the second phase of the programme – the two year Higher Apprenticeship.
During the Higher Apprenticeship you’ll be immersed in the legal work carried out by SAS Daniels – assisting solicitors and partners with their legal matters, having your own responsibilities within the team, carrying out legal research and building relationships with clients.
Who can apply?
They are looking for bright, ambitious students who have completed A Levels or equivalent and who have decided to pursue a vocational rather than academic / university route.
Legal: TLT Apprenticeship in Legal Administration
TLT offer a complete a twelve-month Intermediate Apprenticeship programme in Legal Administration, to give you the background to support solicitors and case handlers with client queries and preparing legal documents, all with plenty of help and under supervision of senior team members.
Legal: Withersworldwide Legal Apprenticeship
Withersworldwide is an international law firm with offices throughout the world. They offer a legal apprenticeship, based out of their London office. From the very outset you will be given real responsibility. You will assist Withers lawyers with high-profile cases in a number of ways, whether by conducting legal research, liaising with clients or assembling attendance notes.
The role involves supporting the operational functioning of the firm whilst learning and developing the key skills and experience required for a solicitor. You will be involved in many of the day to day tasks of a trainee lawyer whilst rotating amongst different practice groups. The apprenticeship includes one day per week allocated to study at BPP.
Throughout the six-year programme you will take exams and assessments to meet the requirements of the LLB degree in Legal Practice and Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) centralised assessments. All university fees will be funded by the firm.
The scheme is open to all enthusiastic students who have obtained ABB at A-Level (or equivalent) as well as 5 GCSE’s including a ‘B’ grade in English Language and Maths.
Legal: Womble Bond Dickinson Apprenticeship
Womble Bond Dickinson is a UK law firm providing a legal service to clients across a wide range of legal expertise and sectors, from seven cities across the UK including London. They offer a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services which runs over two years in Plymouth. You'll work within the paralegal team, giving you access to a wide range of clients and types of work. This legal apprenticeship offers you and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal legal qualifications and a role in the profession through paid, on-the-job training as an apprentice paralegal.
On a day to day basis you will:
- Draft basic correspondence and prescribed legal documents
- Conduct property and HM Land Registry searches under close supervision
- Carry out basic legal and other research
- Carry out basic account tasks in line with the firm's accounting procedures
- Providing report and financial information as requested by internal and external clients
- Processing monies and cheques into the department
- Carry out conflict checks prior to opening new legal matters
- Carry out the file opening process for new matters
- Carry out the file closure process for old matters
- Inputting data into spreadsheets and other IT systems and extracting and analysing as appropriate
- Carrying out scanning, photocopying, printing, binding or bundling requests
- To ensure the confidentiality of all client matters and internal business related matters
- To develop an understanding of the business models operating within Bond Dickinson
- To develop an understanding of how client relationships are managed
What they are looking for
They are looking for bright and enthusiastic individuals who love working in a team. You should have a good academic track record as well as be able to prove good organisational and customer service skills, great communication skills and a desire for continued learning.