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.
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 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.
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.
Law firms and organisations recruiting apprentices or with apprentices studying on the programme include:
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.
Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship
Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship
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.
International students are not normally eligible to apply.
Yes, you may be partly exempt from some examinations.
Yes, but you will be expected to take Level 2 Functional Skills as soon as possible.
Yes. Although your employer will have to partially fund the programme.
Yes, your employer should contact email@example.com 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. 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.
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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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