Read what our Undergraduate students say about their course at Manchester Law School
Legal Services Apprenticeship
The most enjoyable aspect on the apprenticeship is being regarded as an adult and a fellow employee
I work under eight solicitors, and each morning I check their diaries and prioritise arising work for the day. I work in clinical negligence so I am currently involved in chasing payments and general legal administration, but my days are varied and enjoyable.
Pathways on the course are tailored to each apprentice, so we can ensure a good marriage between work needs and education needs. We have covered some general legal subjects and I am also doing civil litigation and tort.
Studying allows me to see how things are applied in the real world and understand why those things are done. University is a break from work but it is great as I can put my learning into practice in the office.
I think there is a common misconception that apprentices are used as cheap labour to cover menial tasks but I am treated as a valued member of the team. I have also enjoyed getting to know the other apprentices and we are building an excellent network for the future.
The support I receive has been great. We have an assessor from university who I can contact when I need to, as well as a workplace supervisor who ensures my learning and work-based needs are being met. I have a mentor too who is a solicitor from another department and I can speak to him about any issues I might have that are not apprenticeship-related.
I would definitely recommend this apprenticeship as it has opened my eyes to what prospective employers are looking for. I know it is a competitive market and it is not all about your academic success; you need to show that you can apply your learning in a busy working environment.