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Study Programme

Charles Russell Speechlys is working with Cilex Law School and The City Law School at City, University of London to deliver the Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme. 

Whilst you will be working in our London offices for four days a week, one day each week will be allocated to study where you will often be required to attend classes at The City Law School, a 15 minute walk from our London office.

Part-time LLB in Legal Practice

During the first four years of your apprenticeship you will study towards an LLB in Legal Practice, on completion of which you will be awarded a law degree.  This course will also prepare you for the first set of the Solicitors Regulation Authority exams that you have to pass in order to become a solicitor.

Postgraduate Legal Practice Subjects

For the last two years of your apprenticeship you will study the subjects and professional skills required to practise as a solicitor.  The course will also prepare you for the second set of the Solicitors Regulation Authority assessments, which are practical legal skills assessments.

Programme structure

  Study subjects
Year 1
  • English Legal System & Legal Method
  • Contract
  • Crime
Year 2
  • Constitutional
  • Tort
  • EU
Year 3
  • Land / Property
  • Equity
  • Criminal Litigation
Year 4
  • Conveyancing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Conduct & Regulation (including Solicitors Accounts)

Obtain a degree at end of year 4

Year 5
  • Company Practice / Law of organisations (including Tax)
  • Wills & Probate (including Tax)

Sit the first set of Solicitors Regulation Authority exams

Year 6
  • Professional Skills

Sit the second set of Solicitors Regulation Authority assessments: which are practical legal skills assessments

Assessments

Portfolio

During your six years as an apprentice, regular assessments of your office-based work will be carried out to ensure that you are acquiring the necessary skills to qualify and practise as a solicitor.  You will be required to work on a portfolio of your practical work that will help you map and plan your progress throughout your apprenticeship.  Your supervisor at the firm will help you work on this, and it will be reviewed regularly by an external assessor. 

First set of assessments: functional legal knowledge tests

In line with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requirements, you will sit the functional legal knowledge tests after year 4.  These will be computer based central assessments and The City Law School will provide you with an intensive revision programme for this during your fourth year.  You will be required to pass these exams before you can progress onto the practical legal skills assessments.

 Practical Legal Skills Assessments

The subjects that you will cover in year’s 5 and 6 at The City Law School will prepare you for this final exam at the end of the six years.  You will be required to pass this exam before you can qualify as a solicitor.

For more information on the study programme at The City Law School, please click here.

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