Frequently asked questions about the solicitor apprenticeship scheme
Do you have minimum entry requirements?
Yes. You will ideally have achieved or be predicted at least BBB at A-Level (or equivalent), as well as 8 GCSE’s grades 9 - 4 including English and Maths.
Can I still apply if I don’t meet these requirements?
We understand that things don’t aways go to plan so if you don’t meet these requirements then we may still consider your application if you are predicted or have achieved CCC at A Level or equivalent. Please make a note of any mitigating circumstances on application form so that these can be taken into consideration. We do require a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 / C or above including English and Maths GCSE.
Do you recruit on a rolling basis?
We do not recruit on a rolling basis as we believe all applications deserve to be reviewed. Please don’t rush your application as you’ll want to spend time researching the firm and considering your answers. However, please do ensure you submit your application well in advance enough of the deadline to account for any issues. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Will you pay for my law school fees?
Yes, all study and assessment fees are paid for by Charles Russell Speechlys.
Will I receive a salary?
Yes, you will receive a starting salary of £25,000 per year in London or £23,000 in Guildford, which will be paid directly into your bank account each month. This increases every year as part of our annual salary review process.
How often will I study?
One day each week will be allocated to study with The University of Law. You will also receive extra study leave before exams or when coursework is due.
What support will I receive?
Whilst you are in the office you will be supported by a dedicated supervisor and a member of the Early Talent team. 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. One of our current apprentices will also act as a buddy when you join to provide additional peer support.
I have dyslexia – can I still be a lawyer?
Yes, and there are a number of software and training options available that we can provide, and have provided, to assist an individual who has dyslexia. There are also other occasions where we have made adjustments to assist individuals who have sight, hearing or physical disabilities and adjustments have been made to the systems we use or additional equipment provided, depending on the individual’s circumstances. We can also make reasonable adjustments and give you extra time as part of the assessment process so please get in touch with the Early Talent team if you’d like to discuss how we can support you with adjustments in the process.