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Aspiring attorneys accept added than one accomplishment avenue accessible to them. The acceptable adviser route involves belief a law amount (or a non-law amount followed by a about-face advance accepted as a GDL) and again commutual a Legal Convenance Course (LPC) or the SQE from autumn 2021. Adviser apprenticeships, however, action an another pathway. Apprehend on to ascertain added about this way of condoning as a solicitor.

What Is a Adviser Apprenticeship?

Solicitor apprenticeships accept been developed by the government to accomplish acknowledged careers added accessible. A akin seven accomplishment that takes about six years to complete, a adviser apprenticeship incorporates bookish studies with applied acquirements through assignment acquaintance at a firm. It is a cheaper another to a university amount as it is absolutely adjourned by a law close (or subsidised by the government).

While they are commonly undertaken by acceptance aloft achievement of their A-Levels, it can additionally be an advantage for those because a career change. As such, there are several options to advance the programme depending on your acquaintance and apprenticeship levels.


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Who Is Eligible?

Solicitor apprenticeships are accessible to anyone who has completed their A-Level examinations. This offers abundant adaptability because you can accept to commence on a adviser apprenticeship afterwards sixth anatomy instead of a university amount or after in your able career. Altered firms will accept their own access requirements. Nevertheless, ambitious attorneys are accepted to accept at least:

  • Five GCSEs at Brand C/4 or aloft (including Maths and English)
  • Three A-Levels at Brand C or aloft (although best firms crave at atomic a Brand B)

Watch our Q&A with Maia Crockford, a adviser amateur at an all-embracing law firm. 

How Is a Adviser Apprenticeship Structured?

A adviser apprenticeship involves spending 80% of your anniversary at a law close accepting applied acknowledgment to the acreage and the actual 20% belief and commutual bookish coursework.

Working at the close can absorb tasks such as researching cases for colleagues and clients, drafting and reviewing acknowledged documents, advising and acknowledging clients; accessory affairs and interviews and managing acknowledged transactions. This will not alone action admired acumen into able business environments but additionally a contiguous compassionate of the assignment appropriate of solicitors.

Your close will accomplice with a law academy such as the University of Law, BPP University of Law or the CILEx Law Academy to accommodate the bookish allocation of your apprenticeship. This will awning agreeable from a approved LLB degree and the LPC. While modules will alter beyond bookish providers, acceptance can apprehend to awning and be adjourned in capacity such as contract, criminal, abomination and EU laws, amidst abounding others.

Depending on the accurate institution, adviser apprentices can accept a ambit of abilities such as LLB (Hons), LLB in Acknowledged Practice, LLB Hons Law in Acknowledged Convenance and Skills. As of abutting year, they will additionally charge to sit both genitalia of the Solicitors Condoning Examination (SQE) to qualify.

Where Can You Do a Adviser Apprenticeship?

Law firms that action adviser apprenticeships will awning the amount of your studies at law academy of their best and action paid, on-the-job training. There are several firms in the Affiliated Commonwealth which action this scheme:

Addleshaw Goddard
Bryan Cavern Leighton Paisner
Browne Jacobson
Burges Salmon
Charles Russell Speechlys
Eversheds Sutherland
Jones Day
Mayer Brown
Womble Band Dickinson

How Abundant Do Adviser Apprentices Earn?

Solicitor amateur salaries are abased on the firms that apply them. All apprentices are advantaged to the Civic Minimum Wage. As of April 2020, apprentices age-old beneath 19 or 19 or over in the aboriginal year of their apprenticeship are advantaged to £4.15 per hour.

Apprentices who accept completed the aboriginal year of their apprenticeship and are 19 years or earlier are advantaged to the minimum allowance for their age. It’s account noting, however, that abounding administration pay added than the Civic Minimum Wage.

Words: Siobhan Ali

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