Solicitor Apprenticeship

For Employers

The Solicitor Apprenticeship available at Manchester Law School is a new route to full qualification, which is studied for a minimum of five years. It provides an innovative opportunity for organisations to introduce new talent, develop current employees' skills and bring fresh ideas to their workforce.

The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme includes a legal practice degree and accreditation for learners as they develop into capable and confident legal professionals. They will progress to experience all the work-based training required for qualification as a solicitor, as determined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Please note the programme is currently being reviewed and is unlikely to be available until September 2019.

Programme Content

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, students can choose elective units that most closely align with their professional practice.

The end-point assessment will be undertaken in the final six months of the apprenticeship after completion of functional knowledge tests and work-based assessment. 

Delivery Model

Solicitor apprentices will be enrolled on our honours degree – the LLB in Legal Practice. This practice-focused law degree is delivered by online distance learning, which means the programme is easily accessible for legal firms and organisations with legal departments throughout England.

Apprentices will be supported by a supervisor and a mentor in the workplace and there will be regular reviews of progress, conducted by Manchester Law School staff.

Final Degree Award

Successful apprentices will achieve a full honours degree from Manchester Law School – the LLB in Legal Practice. By completing the degree, graduates will also qualify for membership of CILEx and level 6 Legal Executive status. 

Once the apprenticeship end-point assessment is completed, apprentices will have satisfied all the requirements for registration with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Entry Requirements

  • 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.

Apprentices require GCSEs at A*-C or Functional Skills Level 2 in English Language and Maths.


Employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million will be subject to the Apprenticeship Levy and any funds paid out can be used to fund participation in apprenticeship programmes. Employers with a payroll below £3 million are eligible for funding, which will cover at least 90 per cent of the cost of apprenticeship programmes.

Find out more about funding

Get Involved

We will support you every step of the way to implement apprenticeships at your organisation, whether you intend to upskill current employees or attract new recruits.

To find out how to get involved with the programme, which will begin in September 2018, please get in touch with us by emailing or calling our Apprenticeships Team on 0161 247 6641.

Level 3 Apprenticeship

Manchester Metropolitan University was a founding partner, along with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and leading law firms, of the Level 3 Legal Services Apprenticeship. The University has trained more than 150 new legal professionals through the Level 3 Programme, which accepted its final cohort of apprentices in January 2017.

The new Solicitor Apprenticeship builds on Manchester Met’s successful experience of delivering apprenticeships, to create a programme that allows employers to recruit, retain and develop high-achieving employees. 

Is there an age limit for apprentices?

No, there are no age restrictions, although some incentive payments are reserved for younger individuals or people with additional needs.

Can existing employees apply?

Yes. As long as they meet the entry requirements or have suitable work experience, they can apply for the programme.

Can we recruit a student from abroad?

Usually overseas students would not qualify for funding, but if you have any particular concerns about eligibility, please contact us.