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Apprenticeship Hub

Why do an apprenticeship?

Interested in a career in law?
Do you think university is the best/only option to get the career you want?
Or are you simply not really sure what to do next?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, read on.

Why CILEx Law School?

There are alternative routes into a law career. CILEx Law School has been training people through vocational, non-graduate routes into law for over thirty years. Legal apprenticeships were introduced in 2013 and CILEx Law School was one of the first providers to offer them. We remain at the forefront of their delivery across the UK.

We recognise that not everyone:

a/ wants to continue in full time education
b/ thinks university is right for them
c/ can afford to go to university
d/ wants to live away from home

We think this shouldn’t prevent anyone from having a successful career in the legal sector. If any of these statements applies to you, applying for a legal apprenticeship is a great option.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a very attractive option for a number of reasons, no matter what your circumstances are. The principle is simple: you work for an organisation and earn a salary in return, as you would while in a regular job. In addition, you continue to train and obtain qualifications and the education is paid for by the employer and the government.

Employment + salary + free* training & qualifications = apprenticeship

*there is no cost to the apprentice

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

There are a whole range of benefits to doing an apprenticeship:

  • salary: getting a salary straight out of school can provide you with some level of financial freedom and independence 
  • qualifications: all apprenticeships lead to the award of a qualification
  • work experience: with an apprenticeship, you can get a head start on other candidates by having hands-on experience in the workplace
  • training: an apprenticeship combines both real world and further education experience
    Find out about the apprenticeship programmes we offer
  • avoid debt: by doing an apprenticeship you can avoid university bank overdrafts or student debt, which can run into the tens of thousands of pounds. 

There are many other benefits besides these. Hear about them from some of our apprentices.

Who can apply?

There is a common misconception that apprenticeships are only for people who didn’t do well at school. The apprenticeships we offer involve legal training and as such we do have some minimum qualification requirements. In order to apply, you must have:

  • 3 Cs or above at A Level (for a Paralegal Apprenticeship or Solicitor Apprenticeship)
  • 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (for an Intermediate Apprenticeship)

We do consider equivalent qualifications and mitigating circumstances, so do get in touch for advice!

Because apprenticeships are eligible for government funding, the following requirements also apply:

  • You need to be UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least 3 years
  • You will need to be 16 by the time your start your apprenticeship

Take our eligibility checker quiz to find out what your options are!

How do I apply?

CILEx Law School works with a number of employers to support their apprenticeship recruitment process. You will need to apply for one of the vacancies on our vacancies page and be offered an apprenticeship role by an employer before you are enrolled with CILEx Law School for your training.

Please visit our vacancies page for a list of current vacancies.

Contact us

You can get in touch with us either via email or by phone 01234 844 300.

Quick links

EmployersEuropean Union Social Fund

If you are an employer and you are interested in taking on apprentices, please visit our employer page.
This will provide you with information on funding, the apprenticeship levy and our business contact details.