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Considering a legal apprenticeship?

| Published on March 12, 2018

Apprenticeships are an alternative to the traditional route into the legal profession, instead of heading to college or university you can take the opportunity to learn on the job and gain valuable industry experience.

Available courses are full-time jobs which incorporate training out of the workplace. It is now possible to train and qualify as a solicitor, paralegal, probate technician or chartered legal executive through an apprenticeship.

The Law Society provides a wealth of information on everything involved, and advises the following timescales for apprenticeship programmes:

Years to complete
Level 3 – paralegal 2
Level 4 – probate technician 2
Level 6 – chartered legal executive 5
Level 7 – solicitor 5 – 6


Over 130,000 apprentices started their journey in the business and law sector during 2016/17. We spoke to our past and present apprentices to see what they had to say about it all.

Our apprentices:

Chloe Short, Office Administrator
Lewis Kendall, Office Administrator
Ben Turner, Office Administrator
Erol Meaker, Trainee Legal Secretary
Samuel Cross, IT Support Assistant

Among their reasons for choosing an apprenticeship, they all said that it was important for them to be able to experience a real working environment and gain training while being on the job. Some also highlighted that being able to earn while learning was an advantage to them over going to university and gaining student debts.

We asked what their apprenticeship means to them and the response was all about being able to gain the qualifications and relevant experience to get on the ladder to their career goals. The legal sector can be very competitive and all believe that their experience will give them the advantage over their peers still studying.

What advice do you have for those interested in apprenticeships?

“Apprenticeships help you gain the qualifications you need, as well as experience in a particular industry and seeing if it’s a role you want to continue for the future” – Chloe Short

“They’re a great opportunity, especially in such a competitive field, it’s another route onto a similar career path” – Lewis Kendall

“Go for it, it’s a great way of learning new things in a grown-up environment with the added bonus of getting paid” – Ben Turner

“Note that it is hard work, but do look at the future prospects of what the apprenticeship may bring and what alternative opportunities there could be. Just go for it and see what the future brings.” – Erol Meaker

“It is a great way to further your preferred job path and also a great way to experience a working environment” – Samuel Cross

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