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Solicitor Apprenticeship

Solicitor Apprenticeship

CILEx Law School delivers this programme in partnership with City Law School, University of London, and Northumbria University. Apprentices travel once a month to London for teaching sessions at City or once a fortnight to Newcastle in their first year, followed by once a month in all other years for teaching sessions at Northumbria.

Who is this apprenticeship for

This apprenticeship is suitable for:

  • Bright school leavers with a minimum of three A-levels at grade B or above who have the maturity to study law and possess good written English, and who have the attributes to be considered worthy of long-term investment at the point of recruitment
  • Paralegals or other current employees who have been identified as having the potential for development
  • Those who have completed a Paralegal Apprenticeship

At a glance

  • Incorporates a degree awarded by City, University of London or Northumbria University after four years

  • Candidates will receive an LLB in Legal Practice (accredited by City Law School) or an LLB (Hons) (accredited by Northumbria University) at the end of their fourth year and qualification as a solicitor

  • Final assessment is the SRA’s solicitors qualifying exams

  • Apprentices will be assessed in two different areas of law

  • Full day’s study leave each week and revision leave prior to exams

Programme information

Apprentices need to demonstrate that they have achieved the government-published standard for this programme by the end of their apprenticeship.

  • Five GCSEs grades A*-C/9-4 including English and Maths are essential
  • Three A-levels at grade B or above

Note: some employers may specify higher grades.

The delivery of the programme will depend on whether the apprentice is enrolled with City, University of London or Northumbria University.

  • Induction with City Law School or Northumbria Law School in September of the first year: overview of subjects to be studied, how to combine working as an apprentice with part-time distance learning, study skills required for higher education
  • Blended learning with access to online resources through virtual learning environments
  • Monthly consolidation study days with tutors who are current practitioners and leading researchers (these are fortnightly at Northumbria in the first year)
  • Support provided throughout the course from subject and personal tutor support
  • Visits by a personal tutor from the law school to the workplace

Further information on the universities is provided further down on this page.

For the LLB in Legal Practice, you will learn law and legal practice alongside gaining competence in legal skills, commercial skills and professional conduct.

The study schedule is as follows:

Year 1

  • City Law School and CILEx Law School induction
  • English Legal System
  • Contract Law
  • Criminal Law

Year 2

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Tort
  • EU Law

Year 3

  • Land/Property Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Criminal Litigation

Year 4

  • Civil Litigation,
  • Conveyancing,
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts)

Obtain LLB

Year 5

  • Company Practice/Law of Organisations (including tax)
  • Wills and Probate

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 preparation and assessment

Year 6

Possible elective option(s) from:

  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Media Law
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Equity Finance
  • Commercial Law and Practice
  • Employment Law

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 2 preparation and assessment

Competence

In addition, you will also need to demonstrate competence in the following four core areas:

  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • Technical legal practice
  • Working with other people
  • Managing yourself and your own work

Northumbria’s LLB (Hons) is designed in accordance with the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard. You will study all core law modules that are undertaken on the standard Law LLB.

Year 1

  • Northumbria University induction
  • Crime
  • Approaches to Law and Lawyering Skills
  • Contract
  • English and European Legal System

Year 2

  • Land
  • Public
  • Criminal Process including Professional Conduct

Year 3

  • Equity
  • Civil Disputes including Professional Conduct
  • Tort

Year 4

  • Business Law and Practice
  • Property Law and Practice
  • Probate Law and Practice
  • Work-Based Project

Obtain LLB

Year 5

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 preparation course and assessment

Year 6

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 2 preparation course and assessment

Competence

In addition, you will also need to demonstrate competence in the following four core areas:

  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • Technical legal practice
  • Working with other people
  • Managing yourself and your own work

Apart from exams taken towards the law degree, there are the following final assessments set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA):

Part 1 – SQE1

Functioning Legal Knowledge Tests conducted by an independent assessment organisation, Kaplan. Assessment will take place in timed conditions in assessment centres, away from the workplace. Work-based assessment against apprentice standard and competence statement to be assessed and certified by City, Northumbria and the employer. Both assessments must be successfully completed before the apprentice can take Part 2.

Part 2 – SQE2

A Standardised Practical Legal Examination conducted by an independent assessment organisation, Kaplan. Assessment will take place in timed conditions in assessment centres, away from the workplace. This assessment must be taken within the last six months of the apprenticeship and are due to include:

  • Role plays and online case studies and tasks
  • Skills assessed in different practice contexts
  • Unflagged ethical issues throughout

No progression – the apprentice will be a solicitor on successful completion.

Studying at City Law School

The degree incorporated within the apprenticeship will be awarded by City, University of London and the course delivery will be done by City Law School. City Law School, incorporating the former Inns of Court School of Law, was the first University Law School in London to educate students and practitioners at every stage of legal education. Founded in 1894, the university is one of the top 15 in the UK for graduate employment. It aims to develop the professional, dynamic, highly motivated, and “practice-ready” lawyers of the future. City University became part of the University of London in September 2016.

Studying at Northumbria

University The degree incorporated within the apprenticeship will be awarded by Northumbria University and the course delivery will be done by Northumbria University. Northumbria’s £70 million state-of-the-art law school, in Newcastle city centre, provides an outstanding learning environment with professional facilities including a real courtroom, onsite law library, legal skills hub and a law clinic. Newcastle upon Tyne is regularly voted the best place in the UK for students to live and study.

Costs and funding

The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70/hour, but employers in the legal services sector will usually pay significantly more than that. See the information below for funding and allocation of the levy relating to this apprenticeship.

Offered by Northumbria and City, University of London: £27,000 from levy account spread over six years. Plus for learners at City, University of London, a payment of £3,000 spread over six years, which cannot come from the levy.

Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.

Offered by Northumbria only

Employer pays 10% (£2,700) for training spread over six years.

The government has announced that this contribution will be reduced to 5% in 2019 (date to be confirmed).

Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.

Offered by Northumbria only

Employer pays 10% (£2,700) for training spread over six years.

The government has announced that this contribution will be reduced to 5% in 2019 (date to be confirmed).

Incentive payment of £1,000 for taking on an under 19 year old.

Additional incentive

Organisations with fewer than 50 employees who employ an apprentice have 100% of training and assessment costs paid by the government up to the capped amount where the apprentice is 16-18 years old.

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