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Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration

CILEx Law School delivers this legal apprenticeship and we welcome enquiries from employers who are interested in taking on school leavers as legal administrators.

Legal administrators are staff who can assist in the progression of cases but have primarily administrative, rather than legal, knowledge. Many organisations are taking advantage of the new Legal Administration Apprenticeship to develop school leavers into these roles, in order to:

  • Extend the training budget by drawing down public funding.
  • Develop affordable staff who free up paralegals’ and lawyers’ time for more technical matters.
  • Improve staff retention: Legal Administration Apprentices will be loyal due to having been given a start in the world of work.
  • Identify young people who show the potential for further development on completion of the apprenticeship.
  • Fulfil corporate responsibility and social inclusion objectives.

Who is this apprenticeship for?

This apprenticeship is ideal for school leavers who wish to get into the legal environment straight from school and start learning about the world of work. It is particularly appropriate for school leavers who show potential to prosper in a legal environment, but do not want to incur the cost of going to university.

As well as school leavers, the apprenticeship is suitable for legal clerks and administrators already employed in law firms, who do not already have a comparable qualification.

Apprenticeship structure

This is an 18-21 month programme. A detailed work programme is usually developed for each apprentice in consultation with the employer and CILEx Law School. The apprenticeship is made up of a number of mandatory units and optional units which can be selected to match the employer's training needs for a specific role.

Content – mandatory units

Communication in a business environment Legal audio processing
Manage own performance and development Proofreading in the legal environment
Develop working relationships with colleagues Working in the legal environment
Legal text processing  The Legal Environment
Health and safety in a business environment Employee rights and responsibilities

Content – optional units to be selected to suit your business needs

Group A - 10 credits are required in total.
Credits for each unit are shown in brackets. Select those most suited to your business needs.

Produce business documents 3
Maintain and operate information storage and retrieval system? 4
Take minutes of meetings 3
Provide reception services 3


Group B – a minimum of one to be selected:  
Law in the workplace Civil litigation
Principles of criminal liability Family law
Principles of contract liability Wills and succession
Principles of negligence Conveyancing

Functional/key skills

To achieve the Level 2 apprenticeship, apprentices must demonstrate that they have key skills of the standard required to carry out their roles. In England these are called functional skills and include English, maths and ICT. In Wales they are called essential skills and cover communication, application of number and ICT. Exemptions are available for the skills component, based on GCSE passes at Grade C or above obtained within the last five years, and equivalent qualifications. Most legal employers will recruit apprentices who already have these skills, so these units are not included within the programme. 

Essential skills are delivered by CILEx Law School in England and by ACT Training in Wales.


Apprentices will be provided with a range of comprehensive learning materials, on-line activities, webinars and an on-line typing course, as well assessment of their work. All assessments take place in the workplace and include MCQ exams, competence assessments, time constrained exams and written assignments depending on the units chosen.

Read the testimonials from Browne Jacobson apprentices to understand more about how this works in practice, and the key client case study.

Costs and funding

European Union Social Fund

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50/hour, but employers in the legal services sector will usually pay significantly more than that. See the table below for funding and allocation of the levy relate to this appreniticeship.


Fewer than 50 employees where the apprentice is 16-18 years old No cost to employer – government pays all. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
For non-levy paying employers (payroll less than £3m). 90% funded by government; 10% by employer. This could be as little as £200 for the employer to pay. Incentivepayment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.
For levy-paying employers (payroll greater than £3m) £2,000 to come from levy fund. Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.


Candidate selection

The Level 2 apprenticeship is suitable for school leavers with good GCSEs who are looking for a vocational alternative to staying on at school to do A Levels. If desired, we can assist with recruitment.


Legal Administrators who you would like to train as paralegals can progress to a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.


For staff who have business support functions, consider the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

For those who are ineligible for apprenticeship funding, good alternatives would be either studying the City & Guilds/CILEx Level 2 Certificate in Legal Studies or CILEx Level 3 Unit 1 Introduction to Law and Practice. If a school leaver already holds an A level in Law, we recommend the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice or the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services or the Paralegal Apprenticeship if they will be doing paralegal work.

How do I start the process?


If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email


If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please visit our vacancies page or contact

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If you are an employer and would like to discuss the possibility of initiating an apprenticeship programme in your organisation please contact Jenny Pelling on 01234 844326 or email us