Legal apprenticeships

On this page you will find details of legal apprenticeship positions available at various law firms and organisations. The page is updated as and when we are made aware of new positions. Please keep checking back to find out about new opportunities.

For more on what it's all about, see our "What is a legal apprenticeship?" page.

Current apprenticeships available at:


Chance Hunter - Apprentice paralegal

  • Salary: £12,000 annual wage
  • Location: Salford
  • HoursMonday - Friday, 8.30am-5.00pm, 37.5 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Advanced level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirementsThe successful candidate must have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grade C or above in both Maths and English (or equivalent).
  • Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

This is an exciting opportunity to join the personal injury team at Chance Hunter Solicitors LLP as an apprentice paralegal. Over time you will develop the skills to become a successful fee earner within their personal injury department.

The role will involve the following duties:

  • Taking initial calls and client instructions on new claims (personal injury, housing disrepair and holiday sickness claims)
  • Opening files and performing conflict checks
  • Completing initial documents and letters of claim
  • Submitting portal claims
  • Managing claims on the portal
  • Preparing letters and documents
  • Communicating with clients, defendant insurers and third parties
  • Arranging medical reports
  • Research
  • Valuing claims
  • Closing files

Desired skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • IT literate
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Client focus

Personal qualities:

  • Able to understand and retain information
  • Quick learner
  • Confident
  • Well presented

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Shanklys Solicitors - Apprentice legal secretary

  • Salary: £140.00 - £243.25 a week
  • Location: Manchester
  • HoursMonday - Friday, 35 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Intermediate level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirements5+ GCSEs grades A-C including English and Maths.
  • Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

Great opportunity to start your career in the legal sector at personal injury specialist law firm. You will be providing full secretarial support to a small fee earning team.

  • Working in a personal injury department you will be providing full secretarial support to the fee earners
  • Audio typing
  • Answering the telephone and taking accurate messages and forwarding to fee earners
  • Printing letters, enveloping and franking
  • Photocopying and faxing
  • Other duties as may be required by the role.

Desired skills:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Methodical
  • Ability to work to deadlines and under pressure
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Strong IT and typing skills
  • Experience of case management, digital dictation & Excel an advantage

Personal qualities:

  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Co-operative
  • Punctual
  • Conscientious
  • Enthusiastic
  • Quick learner
  • Well presented

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Rundle Walker - Legal administration apprenticeship

  • Salary: £175.00 a week
  • Location: Exeter
  • HoursMonday - Friday 9am - 5pm, 35 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Intermediate level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirements: Minimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and Maths. One or more A levels could be an advantage but not essential.
  • Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

As a Legal administration apprentice you will be directly supporting the legal team and staff at the Exeter office of Rundle Walker Solicitors. Dealing with many aspects legal administration and working as part of a professional legal team providing services to business clients, learning on the job and with your legal trainer.

Key tasks and duties:

  • Administration of legal files
  • To support the team with administrative tasks and action work as delegated by supervisor
  • Provide telephone support and deal with client queries
  • Opening files
  • Ensure work issues or problems are reported immediately
  • File closing
  • Any other tasks required to support the team or requested by management

Additional tasks and duties:

  • Deal with all incoming and outgoing mail
  • Photocopying and copying bundles
  • Archiving and retrieval of files

Desired skills:

  • Must have good organisational skills
  • Must have attention to detail
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Previous work experience involving dealing with people is useful but not essential
  • Reach the academic criteria and have potential to progress

Personal qualities:

  • Calm under pressure
  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Willingness and ability to learn on the job
  • Friendly, confident and reliable
  • Hardworking, eager to learn and develop new skills
  • Team worker with a flexible, professional attitude
  • Dresses appropriately for a legal office

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R.O.C.K. Solicitors - Legal administration apprentice

  • Salary: £165.00 a week
  • Location: London
  • Hours9.30am - 6pm, 37 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Advanced level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirementsMinimum of 5 GCSEs grades A-C including English and Maths. A levels could be an advantage but not necessary for the right candidate. 
  • Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016

A legal administration support role. This apprentice will provide legal administration assistance to the team. An opportunity to get on the first rung of a legal career.

Duties to include:

  • Administration of legal files.
  • To support the team with administrative tasks and action work as delegated by supervisor.
  • Provide telephone support and deal with client queries.
  • Opening files.
  • Ensure work issues or problems are reported immediately.
  • File closing.
  • Any other tasks required to support the team or requested by management.

Desired skills:

  • Must have good organizational skills
  • Must have attention to detail
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Previous work experience involving dealing with people is useful but not essential

Personal qualities:

  • Calm under pressure
  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Willingness and ability to learn on the job
  • Friendly, confident and reliable
  • Hardworking, eager to learn and develop new skills
  • Team worker with a flexible, professional attitude
  • Able to take the initiative and prioritise
  • Able to recognize importance and urgency
  • Comfortable with figures

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MSB Law LLP - Apprentice Legal Assistant

  • Salary: £173.07 a week
  • Location: Liverpool
  • HoursMonday - Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm, 35 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Intermediate level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirementsMinimum of 5 GCSEs grades A-C (or equivalent), including English, ICT and Maths.
  • Closing date: Friday 2 December 2016

This role is to provide support to the fee earners and develop a career in law.

Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent inter-personal skills and customer service skills
  • Telephone handling skills
  • The ability to use a high degree or self-management and initiative
  • Administration and computer skills
  • Friendly, reliable, willingness to help others, keen interest in law

Role purpose:

  • To provide support to the fee earners with administrative duties.
  • To work as part of a team to ensure that all processes are followed to ensure cases are managed within an acceptable time frame.

Responsibilities:

  • Support the team in all aspects of the management of cases, pre and post litigation
  • Prepare correspondence and documents
  • Diary management
  • Updating clients
  • Answering calls, taking details and liaising with colleagues
  • Undertake any other duties as may be reasonably be required

Desired skills:

  • High level of attention to detail
  • Organised and logical approach
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Interpersonal skills with customer service orientation
  • Team player
  • Good IT skills, MS

Personal qualities:

  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Desire to learn
  • Smart presentation
  • Initiative and common sense
  • Reliable
  • Polite helpful manner
  • Excellent time management
  • Keen interest in law

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Royds Withy King LLP - Legal administration apprentice

  • Salary: £270.00 a week
  • Location: Oxford
  • HoursMonday - Friday, 9.00am-5.30pm, 35 hours a week
  • Apprenticeship level: Intermediate level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirementsMinimum of 5 GCSEs grades A*-C (or equivalent), including English and Maths.
  • Closing date: Friday 18 November 2016

As the legal administration apprentice you will be directly supporting the personal Injury team at the Oxford office. Dealing with many aspects legal administration and working as part of a professional team.

Key tasks and duties:

  • Administration of files
  • To support the team with administrative tasks and action work as delegated by supervisor
  • Provide telephone support and deal with client queries
  • Opening files
  • Ensure work issues or problems are reported immediately
  • File closing
  • Any other tasks required to support the team or requested by management
  • Preparing, copying, printing and sorting emails and documents
  • Organising and maintaining client files
  • Data entry and updating of databases
  • Assisting with administrative tasks (for example travel bookings, expense claims, monthly billing, file opening)
  • Assisting with the coordination of client events.

Additional tasks and duties:

  • Deal with all incoming and outgoing mail
  • Photocopying and copying bundles
  • Archiving and retrieval of files and client documents
  • Researching client or practice area information

Desired skills:

  • Professional telephone manner
  • Previous work experience involving dealing with people is useful but not essential
  • Strong organisational skills.
  • Good communication skills, both written and spoken.
  • Methodical approach with excellent attention to detail.
  • Good technical ability using Microsoft Office.

Personal qualities:

  • Calm under pressure
  • A professional and friendly manner
  • Willingness and ability to learn on the job
  • Friendly, confident and reliable
  • Hardworking, eager to learn and develop new skills
  • Team worker with a flexible, professional attitude 
  • Dresses appropriately for a legal office
  • Proactive, "can-do" approach.
  • Good initiative and a strong client focus, with a willingness to take ownership of tasks.
  • Works well within a team.
  • Flexible and willing to adjust priorities.

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Burges Salmon - Legal apprentice

  • Salary: £15,340 pa
  • Location: Bristol
  • DurationTwo years
  • Entry requirementsMinimum 320 UCAS points at A Level and grades A*-C at GCSE, including B for Maths and English
  • Closing date: Saturday 31 December 2016

If you’re interested in learning about life at a leading law firm or you would like to gain transferable skills valuable to all employers, an apprenticeship could be just what you are looking for. We are passionate about diversity and developing new talent, which is why we recruit our people from the widest possible pool of candidates.

What does an apprenticeship involve?

Involving through-the-job and class room learning, apprenticeships give first-hand insight into life at Burges Salmon and open doors to various legal roles including qualification as a solicitor.

How many apprenticeships do you offer?

Five legal apprentices joined us in September 2016 and we will be looking for a similar number to join us in September 2017.

How long is the programme?

The programme will last for two years.

What does the programme involve?

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). We will support those who have the inclination and ability to complete the Level 7 qualification. 

Where will you be based?

All the positions will be based at One Glass Wharf, our Bristol HQ. Located in the heart of the Temple Quay area, we sit in the legal and business hub of the city only five minutes' walk from Temple Meads station. 

For more information, and to apply, please see the Burges Salmon legal apprenticeship page.

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Dentons - Legal apprentice

  • Salary: £18,000 pa
  • LocationLondon
  • DurationFive years +
  • Entry requirementsIdeally seven GCSEs at grade B or above (including Maths and English) and ABB at A Level
  • Closing date: Friday 6 January 2017

Your Bright Future Apprenticeship Programme

Our innovative programme offers an alternative to university and gives you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor and be awarded an LLB university degree.

Our six-year programme combines work-based learning in our London office and part-time study with BPP University. You will earn a salary and have no university fees to pay.

You will be required to attain the standard required for qualification as a solicitor, demonstrating legal competence, acting with integrity and professionalism and exercising sound judgement.

For more information, and to apply, please see the Dentons legal apprenticeship page.

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Bevan Brittan - Legal apprenticeship

  • Salary: At least apprenticeship national minimum wage
  • Location: Bristol, Birmingham, London and Leeds TBC
  • Duration18 - 21 months
  • Apprenticeship level: Advanced level apprenticeship
  • Entry requirements5 GCSEs grades A* to C or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English
  • Closing date: Tuesday 31 January 2017

If you are interested in these apprenticeship opportunities, Bevan Brittan recommends that you consider applying for their Legal apprenticeship Easter vacation scheme - this one week of work experience with the firm will give you a great foundation for your apprenticeship application. 

For more information and to apply please check the CILEx Law School website.

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Bott & Co - Legal apprentice

  • Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

This is a rare opportunity to join an award-winning law firm as a legal apprentice, with full internal skills training and education provided through CILEx Law School. There is the possibility to continue with sponsored education, progressing on to legal secretary, legal executive, or solicitor, dependant on your own personal drive and ambition.

Applicants should be self-motivated, smart in appearance, with an eagerness to learn and progress. A good standard of education is required with high levels of numeracy and literacy. This would be a demanding yet rewarding role for the successful applicant who has the full commitment required to the role and all of its duties.

A good understanding of IT knowledge would be advantageous but not essential.

Primary responsibilities:

  • To effectively develop legal apprentice/manager relationship
  • To provide general office admin support to fee earner/PA teams
  • To maintain accurate company filing systems
  • To assist in the post room
  • To maintain an open mind and flexible attitude towards the on-going development of the business needs

This position includes annual holiday entitlement of 20 days per annum rising to 25.

Working hours are 8.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Applicants should forward a full CV with covering letter to:

Claire Walsh, Bott & Co Solicitors, St Ann’s House, Parsonage Green, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1HG or by email: c.walsh@bottonline.co.uk

Due to these apprenticeships being highly sought after, we unfortunately cannot respond to each individual applicant, but only to those who have been shortlisted.

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LEXLAW - CILEx legal apprentice scheme

  • Location: London

If you are a young person with good GCSEs or A-levels, our new legal apprenticeship scheme offers a great alternative to studying law at university. These rare apprenticeships suit hard-working young people with a strong academic background; those committed to learning new skills and gaining legal knowledge and those holding a genuine desire to become a qualified lawyer. As a legal apprentice, you support the firm’s solicitors and barristers and follow their guidance whilst yourself training to qualify as a lawyer.

Legal apprentices need to have the confidence to deal with both individual lawyers and legal teams.  You work in our legal support team and need to be reliable, adaptable, conscientious, and able to work to instructions. The day to day duties and responsibilities of legal apprentices could be:

  • Administrative support to lawyers
  • Reception cover which can involve answering client calls and greeting clients
  • Liaising with clients including facilitating the receipt of key documents
  • Conducting legal research
  • Drafting legal documents and letters

We are now seeking bright, enthusiastic and committed legal apprentices who would like to become qualified lawyers, firstly via the CILEx legal executive qualification.  The successful candidates will work within an existing legal apprentice team and be registered with CILEx as an apprentice and will provide assistance to our lawyers which will include a range of administration and office duties.  The firm will pay you a salary (in excess of national apprenticeship rates) and pay for all your education and training costs while offering you long term employment in return for your commitment to our clients and our team.

LEXLAW work closely with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), Vision Apprentices and Damar Training 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’.

Learning takes place mainly during employment through the development of ‘on the job’ skills. However there is an ‘off the job’ training element which will take place through a distance learning provider and a monthly visit from your tutor. Both the on and off the job elements of the legal apprenticeship lead to nationally-recognised legal executive qualifications which are awarded by CILEx.

We’re based in Middle Temple in the City of London, so if you live in Greater London and have a passion for the law and have the the drive and determination to succeed in what can be a demanding and fast paced sector then we would love to hear from you. We want to see how well you can put together a covering email and CV, so once you’re ready email us at legal.apprentice@lexlaw.co.uk and we will be in touch.

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Harrison Clark Rickerbys LLPParalegal apprentice scheme

  • Salary: National minimum wage during training/market rate once ILEX course completed
  • Location: All offices - state which office(s) you are interested in working in
  • Entry requirements: 4 GCSEs, which must include English, plus at least two other academic subjects. All GCSEs must be at grade C or above. 
We are proud to introduce our new ‘Paralegal Apprentice Scheme’. This is an entry-level scheme aimed at those who have a keen interest in developing a real and fulfilling career in a legal environment.
 
You can join our successful professional team and have the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ – working as a paralegal apprentice alongside our experienced fee earners, resulting in a fulfilling long-term career and the benefit of a first-rate qualification under your belt.
 
We accept applications year-round. Your application will be held on file until we need an apprentice, when all applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited in for interview. We will also advertise specific paralegal apprentice vacancies as they occur on our website (if you have already applied for the scheme you do not need to re-apply). We may recruit apprentices for any of our offices, so if you are applying speculatively rather than in response to a specific vacancy on our website, your covering letter must state which office(s) you are interested in working in.
 
Interested? Please send a copy of your CV together with a brief letter explaining the reasons why you want to start a career in law and why you are the right person for us to Mrs Nikki Powell, Head of HR, either via email: npowell@hcrlaw.comor in writing to Harrison Clark Rickerbys, 5 Deansway, Worcester WR1 2JG.
 

bpl solicitors – Legal administration pathway apprenticeships

  • Salary: Will be based on statutory apprenticeship rate, with phased incremental increases as you progress
  • Location: Dorchester
  • Apprenticeship level: Level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in legal administration, with the opportunity to progress to the level 3 advanced apprenticeship in legal services
  • Entry requirements: At least 5GCSEs at A* to B grade or be expecting to gain at least three A-levels at A* to B grade

Specialist conveyancing firm bpl, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and Vision Apprentices have teamed up to be able to offer the new level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in legal administration, with the opportunity to progress to the level 3 advanced apprenticeship in legal services. The training will be delivered in house, offering a day's induction in the programme and then 13 week programme on the legal environment with a day's teaching and short activities to be submitted for marking and feedback. Monthly visits/support from ITC appointed assessor.

After you have completed the one-year apprenticeship, the shining stars among you will be invited to apply for the second phase of the programme - bpl advanced pathway to consolidate their learning and development, and a career within their chosen field.

Our aim for you is that you will become an integral part of the firm, and continuing to develop your own expertise in the operational field, be it administration or finance.

Pay and benefits:

  • Your starting salary will be based on statutory apprenticeship rate, with phased incremental increases as you progress
  • 23 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Nationally recognised apprenticeship qualifications
  • All training costs fully funded

What to expect:

If you are one of the ambitious people we're looking for, here's what you can expect. To begin with, you'll learn the ropes as an office assistant, and - from your first day - you'll be assigned a friendly, helpful mentor who will support you and give a solid introduction to the legal world. Before too long you'll be talking the language and finding your way around the heart of business. At that point you'll begin your studies.

A bpl training programme is much more than just a job, it offers you the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications within a legal environment, without fees and loans, and provides you the start a very promising - and rewarding career. We will fund your qualification alongside the day job and we're looking for committed young people who could become our stars of the future.

Who are bpl looking for:

We are looking for bright ambitious school leavers who have decided to pursue a vocational rather than academic (uni) route. You need to have high levels of motivation, be ambitious without being arrogant, and be as confident dealing with clients as you are studying a textbook, possessing excellent communication skills - both verbal and written - is a vital skill. You'll be willing to work hard and not afraid to ask questions. That means you have to have a good attitude to hard work, and it also means you need to fit with our culture.

As well as demonstrating a passion for working in a legal environment and sharing our values, you will need to show the drive and determination to succeed in what can be a demanding sector.

How to apply:

You will need to download the apprenticeship application form and return it to us at careers@bplaw.co.uk and we will be in touch with you. 

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Fletchers Solicitors - Legal Apprentice

What the apprenticeships entail:

At Fletchers, we currently have eight apprentices; they work in various different teams within the company, gaining a range of skills and knowledge. Apprenticeships allow staff members to gain more than a qualification but also make decisions on their career aims and goals.

In addition to our current apprentices, we also have various members of staff who have completed their apprenticeship at Fletchers and been successful in gaining full time employment with us.

Apprenticeships are a type of work-based training, they combine training and real work. They are available to people aged 16-19 years old and are often an alternative to further education and college. With an apprenticeship you will have a job within the industry you want to be in and will earn whilst you learn.

Alongside your job, you will receive high quality training, which is specifically tailored to suit the industry your apprenticeship is within. Apprenticeships are available in over 80 different industry sectors and can help to develop your prospects and career.

  • Receive on the job training
  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain specialist skills
  • Alternative to college and university
  • No student loans
  • Excellent career progression
  • Achieve a qualification
  • Meet new people!

If you'd like to apply for an apprenticeship with us, you can fill in an enquiry form, or drop us an email today. Alternatively, you can call us on 01704 503111 to discuss our current available vacancies.

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