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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 in legal services, you will receive legal training and be able to specialise in a particular aspect of the law. You will work in a well-respected law firm and benefit from on-the-job training, together with a flavour of university life. You’ll also enjoy access to the outstanding facilities at Manchester Law School and the wider University.

You could earn a minimum starting salary of £12,000 per year and begin a career in Legal Services in a position, such as:

Study options

Apprenticeships are offered for two years and are currently available in the following areas of legal work:

  • Conveyancing
  • Civil Litigation

Manchester Met is currently offering the Level 3 Advanced Qualification, certified by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

The apprenticeship is a great introduction to many of the aspects of case law and you will be able to build your knowledge in a particular practice area. Apprentices will take the lead on some aspects of case files, complete small pieces of legal research and draft documents, as well as undertaking complex administrative tasks.

Following the achievement of your apprenticeship, firms may choose to assist you to progress with further CILEx qualifications or to return to Manchester Law School to complete your studies through to full qualification.

Developments for 2017/18

We are currently working with employers to create new opportuntities for apprentices starting in September 2017 - a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship and also a Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship.

These represent new and exciting routes to qualification and Manchester Metropolitan University continues to work with the trailblazer group to develop the detail of these programmes. With the support of their employer, candidates on our current apprenticeship programmes will be eligible for further apprenticeships through to full qualification.


You will be released on a part-time basis to attend study sessions delivered by Manchester Law School. On successful completion you will be awarded technical and competence certificates from CILEx.

Following the apprenticeship you will have achieved a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, a CILEx Diploma in Legal Services Level 3 and a CILEx Level 3 Certificate in relevant pathway e.g. Civil Litigation.

Your employer may also choose to assist you to progress your study further with Manchester Law School.

Career progression

By completing a legal services apprenticeship, you will have gained work experience and a qualification that you can take forward. Many of our apprentices are offered positions with their firms, however should this not be the case, by following this route you will have the knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.

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

For the latest opportunities visit the vacancies page.

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

GCSEs A-C or Functional Skills Level 2 in English Language, Maths and preferably GCSE or Functional Skills in ICT. If applying directly from college then most employers are seeking three good (C or above) A Levels in any subject (or equivalent/B Tec). You do not need to have studied Law at A Level to apply. 

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.

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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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