Solicitor Apprenticeship

Solicitor Apprenticeship

This six-year programme integrates a law degree into the apprenticeship programme. The Solicitor Apprenticeship is run in partnership with City Law School, part of City, University London, in the South, or Northumbria University, in the North.

Entry requirements

To be eligible, you will need to have five GCSE grades A*-C/9-4 or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English as well as three A-levels grade B or above; or significant work experience (though some employers may specify other requirements).

You can also apply if you meet City’s or Northumbria’s entry requirements.

Please note that employers may have additional requirements. Visit our vacancies page for current opportunities and specific entry requirements.

At a glance

  • Level on completion: 7

  • Duration: 6 years

  • Cost: None to the apprentice

  • Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage

  • Qualification: LLB in Legal Practice (accredited by City Law School) or LLB (Hons) (accredited by City Law School) and qualification as a solicitor

What will I study?

CILEx Law School has teamed up with City University London and Northumbria University to deliver this apprenticeship. This is a six-year apprenticeship incorporating a law degree which will be attained at the end of the fourth year.

City Law School LLB in Legal Practice

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 and more details on the programme are available on request:

  • City Law School and CILEx Law School induction;
  • English Legal System,
  • Contract Law,
  • Criminal Law.
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law,
  • Tort,
  • EU Law.
  • Land/Property Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation,
  • Conveyancing,
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts).

Obtain LLB

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

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 preparation and assessment.

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.

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 University LLB (Hons)

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.

  • Northumbria University induction;
  • Crime,
  • Approaches to Law and Lawyering Skills,
  • Contract,
  • English and European Legal System.
  • Land,
  • Public,
  • Criminal Process including Professional Conduct.
  • Equity,
  • Civil Disputes including Professional Conduct,
  • Tort.
  • Business Law and Practice,
  • Property Law and Practice,
  • Probate Law and Practice,
  • Work-Based Project.

Obtain LLB

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 1 preparation course and assessment.

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) 2 preparation course and assessment.

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

Assessment

Apart from exams taken towards the LLB in Legal Practice or LLB there are the following final assessments set by the SRA. These are currently described by the SRA, but not confirmed, as:

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 Law School or Northumbria University and the employer.

Both assessments must be successfully completed before the apprentice can take Part 2.

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

What work will I do?

At the start, Solicitor Apprentices will do similar tasks to those following the Paralegal Apprenticeship before progressing to full fee earners.

Your tasks might include:

  • Progressing legal matters and transactions
  • Applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients’ needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances
  • Deploying the full range of legal skills – research, interviewing and advising, negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people
  • Managing yourself and your work effectively
  • Working with the legal team to complete transaction processes
  • Processing contracts, amending documents where necessary, and ensuring that files (soft and hard) are kept up to date
  • Updating team work-in-progress lists
  • Assisting with document retrieval

Getting started

As with any job, the first step in obtaining an apprenticeship is to apply for an available role. Alternatively, you can approach your chosen organisation, or current employer, and ask whether they might be interested in taking you on as an apprentice. Please direct them to CILEx Law School for further information or before starting as they’ll need to complete some administrative formalities.

You can view current opportunities on our vacancies page.

Current vacancies

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