A legal apprenticeship is a route to become a lawyer that combines paid work at a law company with qualifications paid for by the government and your employer. It is a viable alternative to the traditional route of completing university and then studying to become a lawyer.
Law apprenticeships are designed for those who wish to enter the job immediately after graduating from school. In addition, apprenticeships may offer a route to professional employment and a degree for those who want to go to university but are put off by the tuition and maintenance costs. Instead of paying tuition, apprentices learn while earning at least the apprenticeship national minimum wage.
In England and Wales, a range of legal apprenticeships is available, including paralegal and legal assistant jobs and a six-year programme culminating in qualifying as a solicitor.