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Legal Services

If you have aspirations of working in law, our apprenticeships are your opportunity to enter the profession via an exciting and innovative route. 

As an apprentice Paralegal or Solicitor, you will receive legal training and be able to specialise in a particular aspect of the law.

You will work full-time and benefit from on-the-job training, while studying part-time with Manchester Law School. Apprentices typically earn a minimum starting salary of £12,000 per year. 

Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship

The Paralegal Apprenticeship is a two-year programme, which leads to a recognised CILEx qualification. Paralegal apprentices receive the training and academic skills, needed for a future career in law. They receive the support of a dedicated tutor, who will assist with workplace training, and they also attend regular sessions at Manchester Law School.

There are three aspects to the qualification:

  • The ‘technical‘ qualification is the knowledge-based element, which forms the academic part of the scheme. It is taught by academics at Manchester Law School and recognised through the award of a CILEx Diploma in Providing Legal Services.
  • The ‘competence’ qualification is a work-based asessment of your legal practice skills.
  • The ‘functional skills’ are competencies in English, Maths and ICT, although candidates with recent A*-C passes at GCSE in these subjects will be exempt.

Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a minimum five-year programme, which leads to full solicitor qualification. Solicitor apprentices are enrolled on a Manchester Law School part-time degree, the LLB in Legal Practice. This is a practice-focused degree that delivers the legal knowledge required to qualify as a Solicitor as well as many of the practical skills.

Successful completion of the degree also gives eligibility for graduate membership of CILEx and a recognised level 6 legal executive qualification. The LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice is studied by flexible learning over 4 years.

Find out more about what you will study on the LLB (Hons) Legal Practice

During the final year of the apprenticeship, apprentices will be assessed according to the Solicitors Regulation Authority requirements for entry into the Profession as a solicitor.

Career progression

By completing a legal apprenticeship, you will have gained work experience and a nationally recognised qualification as either a paralegal or solicitor.

On completion of the programme the majority of apprentices are offered continued employment with their existing firm or organisation. However, should this not be the case, by completing an apprenticeship you will have developed knowledge and experience highly sought after by law firms and organisations with a legal department.

Employer partners

Law firms and organisations recruiting apprentices or with apprentices studying on the programme include:

  • Express Solicitors
  • Horwich Cohen Coghlan
  • Horwich Farrelly
  • JMW
  • New Charter
  • Ralli Limited
  • SAS Daniels
  • Slater & Gordon
  • Slater Heelis
  • Stephensons
  • Ward Hadaway

What does it cost?

Your employer will be responsible for all your University tuition and exam fees. You will have to secure an apprenticeship role with a recruiting employer in order to join the programme.

You can find out about our latest opportunities on our vacancies page.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship

  • You will required three A Levels at grade C or above in any subject (or equivalent/B Tec). You do not need to have studied Law at A Level to apply. 
  • You will also need GCSEs A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2 in English Language and Maths.
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work experience will be individually assessed.

Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship

  • You will required three A Levels at grades BBC or above in any subject (or equivalent/B Tec). You do not need to have studied Law at A Level to apply. 
  • Applicants who have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship, such as the Paralegal Apprenticeship can apply for the Solicitor Apprenticeship.
  • You will also need GCSEs A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2 in English Language and Maths.
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements, but can demonstrate relevant work experience will be individually assessed.

Next steps

Please register your interest by completing our online form. We will keep you informed of our upcoming open evenings and new vacancies with our employer partners.

For more information on how to apply for apprenticeships, watch our video explainer.

I am thinking of this as an alternative to the LLB and LPC – which is the best route?

Deciding on the best route to a career in law is a very personal choice, some individuals would only consider the traditional university route and the benefits of this, whereas some think more seriously about this more vocational route.

The apprenticeship programme offers the opportunity to gain experience in the legal sector, earn money and achieve a legal qualification at the same time. 

Can international students apply?

International students are not normally eligible to apply.

I have experience as a paralegal and some CILEx qualifications, can I still apply?

Yes, you may be partly exempt from some examinations.

I don’t have GCSE Maths or English at a grade C or above – can I apply?

Yes, but you will be expected to take Level 2 Functional Skills as soon as possible.

I am a mature applicant; can I apply for an apprenticeship?

Yes. Although your employer will have to partially fund the programme.

I am already working for a law firm, can I go on an apprenticeship with them?

Yes, your employer should contact or telephone 0161 247 6043.

Available apprenticeships

Make sure you register your interest before applying for an apprenticeship

Register interest

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers. The following vacancies are currently available as part of our apprenticeship programme. We update our Jobs pages daily so if there are no postings below, please check back regularly.

Vacancies with our partner employers will be displayed here when they become available. Register your interest to receive job alerts.

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‘Working while learning was a critical factor for me. Being financially stable and making connections from an early stage was also appealing.’ Junior Smith Express Solicitors

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