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“If you can pursue your ambitions with an apprenticeship, then 100% go for it because it's an opportunity to accumulate a wealth of experience.” - Marjana Uddin, Solicitor Apprentice with the BBC

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Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

  • Earn as you learn
  • Be funded by your employer and the government
  • Avoid university student debt
  • Get into the workplace sooner and get ahead
  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Obtain a degree while you are employed*

*Solicitor Apprenticeship only

Why Choose The University of 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.

We have been successfully delivering apprenticeships since 2015, with hundreds of apprentices across the country.

Our Apprenticeships

The University of Law now offers two apprenticeship routes:

Solicitor Apprenticeship

  • 5.5 years duration, with January and September start dates
  • 80% work, 20% study and training
  • Online study of legal foundation subjects and skills modules
  • The opportunity to achieve a Qualifying Law Degree in Legal Practice and Skills
  • Skills Coach visits to check on your progress and build a work-based portfolio
  • Complete weekly submitted tasks and receive feedback from a University of Law subject tutor
  • Working towards the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), Parts 1 & 2
  • Upon successful completion, subject to SRA Character & Suitability test, become a qualified lawyer

Year 1

Semester 1: Common Law Method and Ethics
Semester 2: Public Law
Semester 3: Law of Contract

Year 2

Semester 1: Law of Tort
Semester 2: Criminal Law
Semester 3: Critical Approaches in Current Legal Issues

Year 3

Semester 1: Land Law
Semester 2: Real Estate
Semester 3: Business Law 1

Year 4

Semester 1: Equity and Trusts
Semester 1 and 2: Access to Justice and Legal Services
Semester 2: Criminal Litigation and Evidence
Semester 3: Civil Dispute Resolution

Year 5

Semester 1: Business Law 2
Semester 1 and 2: Wills and Succession
Semester 2: SQE1 Preparation - Functioning Legal Knowledge (FLK) 2
Semester 3: Skills Portfolio and FLK 2

Year 6

Semester 1: SQE1 Preparation - FLK 1, SQE 1 Bootcamp and Examination
Semester 2: SQE2 Preparation and Examination
Semester 3: LLM Key Practice Areas

Entry Requirements

  • 3 A Levels at Grade C or above, or equivalent*
  • 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, or equivalent at Grade C/4 or above

Note: Employers can set their own entry criteria. Consult the specific employer for their criteria.

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.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods will be used, including:

  • Exams: Two hours, ten multiple choice questions and two long-form questions
  • Coursework: Essay, project report or portfolio
  • Oral presentation
  • In Year 5 & 6 apprentices will undertake Solicitor Qualification Examinations which are produced nationally.

Note: Employers can set their own entry criteria. Consult the specific employer for their criteria.

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.

How to Apply

All apprenticeship vacancies are created by employers.

You can register with ULaw to be updated as soon as any of our client employers have a new apprenticeship opportunity.

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 usually advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

I have a law degree/LPC. Can I join the Solicitor Apprenticeship?

If you already possess a Bachelor's degree in any subject at 2.2 or above, you could be eligible for the Solicitor Graduate Apprenticeship. See more detail below.

I have a non-law degree. Am I eligible?

Non-law graduates are eligible. 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).

I need books and materials. Do I have to pay for them?

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 Skills Coach, you will have access to Student Welfare Services and all of our campus facilities at your nearest allocated ULaw campus.

In order to obtain an apprenticeship role, will I have to attend an assessment centre?

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 an initial screening of applications, Skype or telephone interviews, an assessment centre, then shortlisting for final interview.

Will I be working full-time? Will I 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.

Compared to full-time university study, is this an easier option?

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 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).

To participate in apprenticeship programme, what type of immigration permission do I need?

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

  1. A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been a resident in the EEA for at least three years prior to the first day of the apprenticeship.
  2. A non-EEA citizen who holds immigration permission that permits you to work in the UK and you have been a 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 a 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 the Student Route visa on the apprenticeship programme. We also cannot offer visa sponsorship to those who require immigration permission to work in the UK.

Solicitor Graduate Apprenticeships

  • Part-time (2 years, 3 months) and full-time (2 years, 9 months) study options
  • 80% work, 20% study and training
  • Online study of legal foundation subjects and skills modules
  • Skills Coach visits to check on your progress and build a work-based portfolio
  • Complete weekly submitted tasks and receive feedback from a University of Law subject tutor
  • Prepares student for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, Parts 1 & 2
  • Students will have access to the ULaw SQE revision app
  • Upon successful completion, subject to SRA Character & Suitability test, become a qualified lawyer
  • This apprenticeship prepares students for day 1 as a qualified solicitor. There is a particular focus on the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy, Case and Matter Analysis, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Drafting. Many other different skills and competencies are also developed through the programme.

Year 1

SQE 1
Functioning Legal Knowledge 1 (Business, Legal Services, Dispute Resolution)
Functioning Legal Knowledge 2 (Property Law and Practice, Wills, Solicitors’ Accounts, Criminal Practice)

Year 2

Client Interviewing
Advocacy/persuasive oral communication
Case and matter analysis
Legal research and written advice
Drafting
Plus portfolio of work completed throughout training and optional modules

Course Information

Entry Requirements

  • To be eligible you must comply with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
  • UK bachelors degree in any subject at 2.2 or above or equivalent (please contact us to discuss acceptable equivalent qualifications)
  • GCSE English at Level C or above

Note: Employers can set their own entry criteria and may require a 2.1 or higher. Please consult the specific employer for their criteria.

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.

Assessment

SQE 1 & 2 will be assessed by centralised assessments introduced by the SRA which are an essential requirement to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.

How to Apply

This course is only available to those students who have been employed as an Apprentice Solicitor.

All apprenticeship vacancies are created by employers. You can register with ULaw to be updated as soon as any of our client employers have a new apprenticeship opportunity.

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 usually advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Do I need a law degree?

No, this apprenticeship is open to anyone holding a UK Bachelor's degree in any subject at 2.2 or above or equivalent qualifications. Please contact us to discuss acceptable equivalent qualifications. Note: Employers can set their own entry criteria and may require a 2.1 or higher. Please consult the specific employer for their criteria.

What additional support is provided?

As well as a designated Personal Tutor and Skills Coach, you will have access to student welfare services and all of our campus facilities at your nearest allocated ULaw campus.

In order to obtain and apprenticeship role will I have to attend an assessment centre?

This depends on the recruitment criteria of specific employers. Typically many employers receive a lot of applications and the recruitment process may involve an initial screening of applications, Skype or telephone interviews, an assessment centre, then shortlisting for final interview.

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

Study of knowledge modules can be undertaken either via block delivery or day release. This will depend on the employer’s requirements. Please consult the specific employer for their chosen study pattern.

Compared to full-time postgraduate study, is this an easier option?

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

What is a typical apprenticeship salary?

This depends on the employer. Please consult the specific employer. Note: apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

Contact Us

To register with the University and be notified when apprenticeship vacancies suitable to you become available, please email us.

Email: 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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