Article written by Demi Akande
Did you know that trailblazer apprenticeships and graduate apprenticeships now provide alternative routes to the traditional route of qualifying?
You can complete an apprenticeship if you wish to qualify as a:
A Solicitor Apprenticeship usually lasts two to three years. As a solicitor apprentice, on average, 20% of your working week will be taken up studying and the remainder
will be spent working in a law firm or an in-house legal team, with firms deciding how this studying time will be allocated. For example, with coursework preparation, or
work placements with four to five areas of the firm gaining work-based experience. On average you will work for 30 hours a week and will be paid a salary from your
employer as well as a mentor allocated to you during your graduate apprenticeship.
The solicitor apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity if you are looking for an alternative to university or seeking a change in your career. Typically, this route of qualifying has a duration of five to six years; however, any previous legal training you’ve done might reduce this time.
Depending on which pathway you decide to go down, including training for the level 3 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration, the Paralegal Apprenticeship, or the Solicitor Apprenticeship, your day-to-day work might include:
Always check with employers who will have their own entry requirements which will usually be posted on their apprenticeship adverts. The government’s recommended entry requirements are as follows:
Apprentices will now be assessed by the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), and will study its academic content alongside working in a legal role. This assessment is split
into two parts:
Each individual employer will ensure you meet the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard for a solicitor (England) or the level 7 Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Practice (Wales).
If you are disabled you may be entitled to get Access to Work support. Although this does not cover the cost of SQE training and assessments, it may help candidates
with equipment needs or transport issues.