Law apprenticeships are an excellent way to prepare for a legal career without incurring university debt. They are available in a variety of roles, and you will learn as you work.
Can you do apprenticeship in law?
Law apprenticeships are available through government-backed, employer-designed ‘trailblazer‘ programmes that cater to apprentices working towards three primary levels: legal administration/support, paralegal, or solicitor.
A specialised path to becoming a qualified legal executive is also available. Each apprenticeship may be completed as a stand-alone or as part of a series for people who want to progress across professions.
GCSE-level CILEx Level 2 Diploma for Legal Secretaries
Teaches you about secretarial work in a legal environment, focusing on either legal information processing or legal studies. There is also a Level 3 (A-level equivalent) Certificate/Diploma for Legal Secretaries.
Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship
Is a two-year programme. You’ll learn about the law and how to practise it, as well as how to do legal research and provide client care. You will be eligible to work towards the Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice (with exemptions) or the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship after finishing the programme.
Apprentices who have completed the Paralegal path or CILEx Level 3 qualifications are eligible for the Level 6 Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship, which lasts five years. Participants in the programme are qualified to work as chartered legal executives and are not eligible to take some units of the Solicitor Apprenticeship path.
The Solicitor Apprenticeship
Is a six-year Level 7 programme designed for post-A-level students, paralegals, and chartered legal executives. Those who progress from prior legal apprenticeships have their study time reduced. The curriculum covers the whole of a legal degree, allowing apprentices to obtain both a law degree and an LLM (Masters). You will be qualified as a solicitor after finishing the apprenticeship and passing the new, centralised Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Apprentices must pass parts one and two of the SQE to qualify as a solicitor. The first step is part of the on-the-job evaluation, while the second stage is the end-point assessment, which must be completed within the last six months of your apprenticeship.