Legal Apprenticeships for Students

National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Listen to our podcast with Marjana Uddin, Solicitor Apprentice with the BBC, to find out what it's like to be an apprentice.

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Marjana Uddin, Solicitor Apprentice with the BBC

Why choose law?

The University of Law is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education and training, and has trained more legal professionals at different stages of their careers than anyone else.  Taught by professionals, over 90% of our tutors are lawyers.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

tick-purple Enables you to earn as you learn
tick-purple Paid for by your employer and the government
tick-purple No university student debt
tick-purple Get into the workplace sooner and get ahead
tick-purple Work alongside experienced staff
tick-purple Gain job specific skills
tick-purple Obtain a degree while you are employed*

*Solicitor apprenticeship only


Programmes

We partner with Damar training to deliver some of their programmes at level 2 and 3. Details of Damar Training’s courses can be found here

The two main programmes offered are:

  • Solicitor Apprenticeship Level 7
  • Paralegal Apprenticeship Level 3 (offered through Damar Training)

Solicitor apprenticeships with LLB (law degree) in legal practice & skills

Duration

This is a 6-7 year programme

Key features

  • 80% work and 20% study and training
  • Online study of legal foundations subjects and skills modules, as well as the opportunity to achieve an LL.B (Law Degree) in Legal Practice and Skills
  • Work based assessor comes into the office to check on your progress and build a work based portfolio
  • You will complete weekly submitted tasks. You will receive feedback on each of your tasks from a University of Law subject tutor
  • Assessments are different for each subject studied. you will either sit a written exam at your local University of Law Campus or complete a piece of coursework
  • Working towards the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam, Parts 1 & 2
  • Upon successful completion you will become a qualified lawyer*

*Subject to SRA Character & Suitability test

Course structure

Year Solicitor Apprenticeship leading to the
award of LLB Legal Practice and Skills
1 Legal Method and Ethics

Public
2 Contract

Tort

EU
3 Land

Equity and Trusts

Crime
4 Law of Organisations

Real Estate

Criminal Litigation and Evidence Actions
5 Companies 

Wills and Succession

Transactions

SQE1 Assesment
6 Interviewing and Advocacy

Written Skills

Drafting

SQE2 Assessment

Paralegal Apprenticeship

Duration

This is a 2 year programme delivered by Damar training and the University of Law.

Key Features

  • 80% work and 20% study and training
  • All tutors have practice based experience and are qualified lawyers 
  • Blended learning involving online study 
  • One to one or group tutorials face to face in the workplace
  • Development of key practice competencies through a work based portfolio
  • Access to comprehensive study materials and online library
  • Options to study both CILEx modules and degree level content*

*Syllabus is agreed with the contracting employer

Course Structure

The Law and Practice content of the apprenticeship can consist of a mixture of CILEx accredited and/or University of Law degree level content. Examples of CILEx modules are:

  • Law of contract
  • Land law
  • Tort
  • Employment
  • Property

These can then be supplemented in the final 6 months by University of Law practice modules. An example is set out below based on land law and real estate content.

                                                                           INDUCTION    
Year 1 Introduction to Law & Practice Client Care Skills Development 
6 months  Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3     Asessor marked
   Land Law* Legal Research Skills Development 
12 months  Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3   Assessor marked 
Year 2 Real Estate*  Skills Development  
6 months ULaw certified exam  Assessor marked  
  Final Portfolio of Work  Scenario Based Tests  
12 months  Externally marked exam - CILEx Level 3. Additional ULaw certificate for credits at level 4    

Am I Eligible?

To join the Solicitor apprenticeship you need:

  • 3 A Levels at grades A*- C or equivalent*
  • 5 GCSEs including Maths & English or equivalent at grade A*- C (or Level 4 or above)

To join the Paralegal apprenticeship you need:

  • 2/3 A Levels at grades A* - C or equivalent**
  • 5 GCSE's including Maths & English or equivalent at grade A* - C (or level 4 or above)
  • 3 A levels are required where degree level content is incorporated 

Please note individual employers can set the criteria for entry onto their programme so for example some employers may ask for A/B A-Levels. Consult the specific job advert for the criteria for the apprenticeship you are applying for. 

As apprentices have employed status you must have the right to permanently live and work in the UK. Apprenticeships are NOT covered by student visas.

** Please contact us to discuss acceptable equivalent qualifications. Examples include BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma), or a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a relevant vocational subject

How Do I Apply?

All apprenticeship vacancies are created by employers. Please register with us to be updated as soon as any of our client employers have a new apprenticeship opportunity but please note you must apply to an employer and be successful through their recruitment process you cannot apply directly to the University.

 

All apprenticeship vacancies are also usually advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service websites NAS https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and www.getingofar.gov.uk. Search for Legal apprenticeships or ‘Solicitor’ roles within England.

FAQS

 

I have a law degree/LPC, can I join the Solicitor Apprenticeship?

At the moment, unfortunately not. There is an option for law graduate entry onto the solicitor apprenticeship which will become available from autumn 2020 at the earliest. LPC students are unable to undertake a solicitor apprenticeship as they have already completed too much of their legal training to qualify. If you are a law graduate please register your details with us and we’ll be in touch as soon as this graduate entry route becomes available.

I have a non-law degree am I eligible?

Non-law graduates are eligible, as funding rules permit apprentices to undertake an apprenticeship at the same or lower level than a qualification they already hold, if the apprenticeship will allow the individual to acquire substantial new skills, and you can evidence that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship. Please contact us for advice on your specific circumstances

What if my qualifications don’t match the stated criteria?

Acceptable alternatives to A Levels can include, for example, completion of Paralegal Level 3 apprenticeship (or similar vocational apprenticeship), or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma).

Do I have to pay for books and materials?

All learning materials are provided within the cost paid by your employer. This includes access to all online study materials and books.

What additional support is provided?

As well as a designated personal tutor and work based assessor, apprentices registered with the University have access to student welfare services and all of our campus facilities at your nearest allocated ULaw campus.

Will I have to attend an assessment centre to obtain an apprenticeship role?

This depends on the recruitment criteria of specific employers. If you are applying for one of our apprenticeships we will support you through the process. Typically many employers receive a lot of applications and the recruitment process may involve initial screening of applications, Skype or telephone interviews, an assessment centre, then shortlisting for final interview.

Will I be working full time and have to study in my own time?

Most apprentices are employed full time but 20% of the time spent on the apprenticeship needs to be dedicated to off the job study and learning. If your employer employs you part time then it is still possible to undertake an apprenticeship but the length of the apprenticeship will be increased.

The Solicitor apprenticeship requires at least a full day’s study each week. We will agree with your employer which day suits best. Time will also need to be scheduled for webinars and face to face sessions.

Is this an easier option than full time University?

Not at all! Undertaking an apprenticeship is a worthwhile challenge which enables you to study whilst also gaining practical work experience and skills, but it also requires resilience and self-discipline.

I’ve lost my exam certificates, can I still join the programme?

If you completed your GCSEs or A-Levels in the last 30 years you should be able to request a copy of your certificate from the exam board. If you undertook O-level or CSE examinations you may have to undertake a basic functional skills test to confirm you have the appropriate Maths and English skills to enter the programme. Please contact us at the address below to discuss your situation.

What is a typical apprenticeship salary?

This depends on the employer. Typical salaries range from £15,000-25,000 per annum dependant on experience and the employer’s circumstances. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds; £7.05 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £7.50 for those over 25. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

What What type of immigration permission do I need to participate in apprenticeship programme?

In order to participate in the apprenticeship programme, you need to be one of the following:

a) A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in the EEA for at least three years prior to the first day of the apprenticeship.

b) A non-EEA citizen who holds immigration permission that permits them to work in the UK and has been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the first day of the apprenticeship.

If you have one of the following statuses, you are exempt from the requirement to have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the first day of the apprenticeship:

Refugee status

Discretionary leave to enter or remain

Exceptional leave to enter or remain

Indefinite leave to enter or remain

Humanitarian protection

Leave outside the rules

The husband, wife, civil partner or child of any of the above

The University of Law will confirm that you have status (a) or (b) before you are accepted on the apprenticeship programme by checking your original (i) passport or nationality identity card if you are an EEA citizen; or (ii) passport and Biometric Residence Permit / visa if you are a non-EEA citizen.

Please note that we cannot accept those who hold a points-based sponsored visa such as Tier 2, Tier 4 or Tier 5 on the apprenticeship programme.  We also cannot offer visa sponsorship to those who require immigration permission to work in the UK.

Contact us

To register with the University and be notified when apprenticeship vacancies suitable to you become available, please e-mail apprenticeships@law.ac.uk. Please include the following when getting in touch:

Name

Nationality

Location (including post code)

Highest level of qualification obtained or currently studying

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