We are passionate about our apprenticeship programmes, the results they achieve, and the great support both we and employers have to offer development and progression opportunities for new and existing staff. We recognise that law firms increasingly need an experienced provider-partner that can offer flexible and “future proof” apprenticeship delivery – from entry level roles in legal and business services to qualified lawyer status.
Our apprenticeship is designed to meet business needs. The objective is competence, not simply academic qualifications, with staff needing wider business and commercial skills alongside legal and practice knowledge.
Why hire an Apprentice?
- To support widening access to profession
- A way to recruit the best talent, sooner
- To provide relevant practical training, focussed on a job specific training plan
- To increase staff retention and commitment
- To enhance and develop the skills of existing colleagues
- To reinforce your commitment to social responsibility
This is a rigorous and structured programme providing the opportunity for both new and existing staff to qualify as a solicitor.
Apprentices will undertake the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard Level 7.
The expected duration of the solicitor apprenticeship for post-A Level entrants is five and a half to six years.
- 3 A Levels, Grades CCC or equivalent and 5 GCSEs including Maths and English. We can work with you to raise the entry criteria if you wish.
- Must be an EU national*
- Work at their main place of work in England
- Have appropriate prior academic or vocational experience
- Non-law graduates are eligible for the solicitor apprenticeship programme.
*Non-EU nationals are eligible in some cases.
Mode of Study
- A blended learning model: Students study online independently, following detailed guidance, and are supervised by a subject tutor. Independent study is based around a very similar range of learning media as that for the Attendance Mode of study. This includes video clips, textbooks, primary and secondary materials, precedents and other documents and tests (allowing online self-assessment with feedback and monitoring by the subject tutor).
- Dedicated Skills Coach: A skills-coach will review your apprentice’s progress every 12 weeks through 1-to-1 tutorials and progress reviews. Skills Coaches are available by phone, email or Skype.
- Greater control: This model allows the employer and apprentice greater control over the time, place and pace of their study. You will be able to closely monitor student progress via our online e-portfolio system. This system enables you to track training and assessments.
- Support in-person: All activity is supplemented by live webinars and face-to-face skills sessions, which take place in groups in the allocated ULaw campus.
- Students will study towards the award of an LLB in Legal Practice and Skills.
- Students will also work toward the SRA's new centralised assessment. The proposed assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) will be sat in two parts.
- Apprentices will undertake study towards the two assessments, and will sit SQE 1 in the penultimate year of study, and SQE 2 in the final year of study. From year 4 onwards apprentices will also prepare a work-based portfolio of evidence.
Why choose The University of Law?
We are confident that our long track record of successful and innovative delivery, from school leaver to post-graduate level, provides the best and most comprehensive solution for the sector. Our core Solicitor programme has it its heart an LLB with a proven track record of excellence.
We are committed to creating apprenticeship programmes that fit with your business, not the other way round. Our programmes are flexible and ensure that the content studied reflects your business needs, ensuring your employees have the appropriate knowledge and skills to enhance your firm.
- For candidates and firms through recruitment. Our team has many years of experience of placing apprentices with supportive employers.
- For supervisors and managers. Having an apprentice is a fantastic development opportunity, but supervisors may have questions and concerns which we can help with.
- With regular 1:1s. We deliver face-to-face tutorials/assessment visits in the workplace.
- With the well-being of apprentices. Good communication and working in partnership with employers allows problems to be managed proactively and resolved swiftly.
Semester 1: Common Law Method and Ethics
Semester 2: Public Law
Semester 2 and 3 : Contract Law
Semester 3: Summer School
Semester 1: Tort Law
Semester 1 and 2: Criminal Law
Semester 2: EU Law
Semester 3: Summer School and SQE Refresher
Semester 1: Land Law
Semester 1 and 2: Criminal Litigation and Evidence
Semester 2: Real Estate
Semester 3: Summer School and SQE Refresher
Semester 1: Law of Organisations
Semester 1 and 2: Access to Justice and Legal Services
Semester 2: Equity and Trusts
Semester 3: Actions
Semester 1: Transactions
Semester 1 and 2: Consolidation/Refresher for SQE Assessment 1
Semester 2: Wills and Succession
Semester 3: Companies: Governance, Tax and Insolvency, and SQE Assessment 1
Semester 1: Practice Assessment and Reflective Journal
Semester 2: Three optional subjects in line with graduate SQE programme
Semester 3: Dissertation
All Year: SQE Assessment 2
How much does it cost?
The programme costs £30,000. This cost assumes an end point assessment fee of £2,700. All or most of the fees are funded by the government, or from your levy funds if you are a levy payer. This fee incorporates all course materials. Contact us for more information.
Where do you find an apprentice?
Employing an apprentice is just like employing any other member of staff; they only become an apprentice once they have signed up onto an apprenticeship programme with a training provider.
We offer a full recruitment service to help you find the best candidates, and can assist with your recruitment and implementation needs. Please get in touch to discuss the packages available to support you.
If you already have an employee who you think would be interested/suitable, you could approach them to see if they would be willing to carry out an apprenticeship.
If you contract with ULaw to deliver the qualifications within an apprenticeship we can arrange for an advert to be placed on the National Apprenticeship Service website.
What is a typical apprenticeship salary?
This depends on the employer. Typical salaries range from £15,000 to £25,000 per annum, dependent on experience and the employer’s circumstances.
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.90 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 £6.15 an hour for 18-20 year olds; £7.70 for anyone aged 21 to 24 and £8.21 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).
If you employ an apprentice under 25 you will be exempt from paying their Employer National Insurance Contribution.
We would be delighted to discuss your training needs with you in more details.