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Apprenticeship structure

As a Solicitor Apprentice you will be immersed in our teams and experience a variety of work.

We know you want to get stuck in and try as much variety as you can.  Our programme is designed to give you the depth and breadth of work whilst being supported by great teams.

You’ll spend four days a week working in our practice groups and one day will be allocated to study. For the first 4 years, you will spend a year in each practice group where you will be involved in many of the day to day tasks of a trainee lawyer.  For the final 2 years, you’ll rotate practice groups every six months. Throughout your apprenticeship you will experience a broad range of our practice areas as you rotate through a variety of groups.

Some of your key tasks as a solicitor apprentice may include:

  • Drafting documents and correspondence
  • Assisting partners and associates with various tasks
  • Liaising with clients, other law firms and third parties including Local Authorities, Companies House etc.
  • Conducting legal research
  • As you gain more experience, you’ll be given more responsibility such as attending client meetings with your supervisor and running parts of files

Training & Support

We provide you with the best training possible.  This could come in the form of on the job training with your supervisor, or more formal training sessions through the Charles Russell Speechlys Business School – we have specific training courses aimed at our apprentices and trainees which focus on legal, commercial and office related skills.

In each group that you work in you will be assigned a dedicated supervisor who will work with you to ensure that you are developing the required skills and knowledge and will also assist you with your portfolio.  You will also receive support from the Early Talent team throughout your apprenticeship.  You’ll meet with your supervisor and a member of the Early Talent team for a formal check in every 3 months to help plan and support your objectives and development going forward.

In addition to this, you will have a personal tutor at The University of Law who will meet you at regular intervals throughout the programme.

Salary & Benefits

You will earn a starting salary of £20,000 which will increase as your progress through the apprenticeship programme.

You will also be entitled to the full range of staff benefits including:

  • 25 days annual holiday, plus long service accrual
  • Private medical care
  • Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Pension scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Give as you earn scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Qualification leave
  • Dress for your Day policy

How to apply