Manchester Metropolitan University

Legal Services Apprenticeship

for Apprentice Students

If you have aspirations of working in law, our apprenticeship programmes are your opportunity to enter the profession via an exciting and innovative new 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 for accredited legal qualifications, recognising your abilities as a legal professional.

Apprentices will earn a minimum salary of £12,000 and receive paid time off to study.

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Paralegal Apprenticeship

The Paralegal Apprenticeship is a great introduction to the law, where you will develop the skills to take on fee earning roles, including:

  • Trainee Legal Executive
  • Paralegal
  • Senior Claims Handler
  • Paralegal Team Leader
  • Personal Injury Specialist
  • Litigation Executive

The programme provides training on the practical skills required for your role as well as the underpinning law.

Programme Delivery and Qualification

The Paralegal Apprenticeship is delivered over a period of two years through taught sessions at Manchester Law School. There is a week-long induction, followed by approximately one day of on-site study per month. At the end of the programme your legal capabilities are recognised through the award of a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Diploma in Providing Legal Services and the Advanced Paralegal Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice, you will receive support and training from a dedicated Manchester Met assessor, usually a qualified solicitor, who visits you at work on a regular basis to assess and develop your vital workplace skills.

What You Will Study

There are three main components to the qualification:

  • The ‘technical‘ qualification is the knowledge-based academic part of the programme. It is assessed by exams and units to be studied can include:
    • Introduction to Law
    • Client Care Skills
    • Legal Research
    • Tort or Land Law
    • Civil Litigation or Conveyancing.
    • The ‘competence’ qualification is a work-based assessment of your legal practice skills.
    • At the ‘End Point Assessment’ Apprentices have to present a portfolio of their development and complete an interview.

High-performing Paralegal Apprentices may have the opportunity to continue their studies through the Solicitor Apprenticeship programme, with the support of their employer.



Solicitor Apprenticeship

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a new route to full qualification, which is studied for a minimum of five years. During the programme, apprentices will progress to experience all the work-based training required for qualification as a solicitor, as determined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Programme Delivery and Qualifications

Solicitor apprentices are also enrolled on the Manchester Met honours degree – the LLB in Legal Practice. This practice-focused law degree, which also qualifies graduates for membership of CILEx and level 6 Legal Executive status, is delivered by online distance learning. This means, as a solicitor apprentice, there will be opportunities for you to work and study throughout England.

You will be supported by a supervisor and a mentor in the workplace, and have regular reviews of your progress, conducted by Manchester Law School staff either in person, by phone or by video call.

What You Will Study

The Solicitor Apprenticeship introduces candidates to the foundations of law and rapidly progresses their knowledge and skills. Apprentices study: 

  • Introduction to the law and the legal system.
  • The law of Tort and Contract
  • Public Law and Criminal Law
  • Land Law,
  • Currently, the Law of the European Union
  • Equity and Trusts and Professional Skills in Practice

In years 2, 3 and 4, you will have the option to choose elective units that most closely align with your professional practice.

The end-point assessment is in the final six months of the apprenticeship, after you have completed your degree, functional knowledge tests and work-based assessment. 


Entry Requirements

Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship

  • Apprentices will require three A Levels at grade C or above in any subject (or equivalent). They do not need to have studied Law at A Level to apply.
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements will be evaluated individually.

Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship

  • Apprentices will require three A Levels at grades BBC or above in any subject (or equivalent). 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 programme can apply.
  • Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements, but have relevant work experience will be evaluated individually.

How to Apply

You have to apply direct to an employer offering opportunities on the programme and vacancies are listed in the section below.

The application process varies by employer, but your first step should be to complete our registration form and we will keep you up to date with vacancies and support.

More detailed ‘How to Apply’ Information

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.

To secure an apprenticeship you will need to apply for a full-time position with one of our partner employers.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

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