Early careers – UK Legal Apprenticeship

Our Legal Apprenticeship offers an alternative route to qualification as a solicitor outside of our training contract.

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What is the Legal Apprenticeship?

The Ashurst legal apprenticeship is designed to help school leavers kick-start their career as a solicitor with a structured learning programme. Alongside studying part-time with The University of Law one day a week, you will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of legal work.

You will initially complete the two-year level 3 paralegal apprenticeship with additional study to give a level 4 qualification (equivalent to the first year of university). This qualification combines the foundation level knowledge required for a new entrant into a legal office with the more technical demands expected of a junior lawyer.

Those who wish to continue their learning may then progress onto the level 7 solicitor apprenticeship, which incorporates an LLB (Hons) degree and solicitors qualifying exams. Completing the paralegal apprenticeship first means that you will be able to complete the solicitor apprenticeship in a reduced period of time (five years, instead of six).  All study fees will be funded by the firm.

We will invest the time and resources into ensuring our apprentices are fully equipped with the tools for success in the legal sector. In return, we expect commitment, motivation and a genuine interest in helping our clients. Apprentices will be allocated a supervisor to provide them with quality training and opportunities to develop, as well as feedback and guidance.

We are now recruiting for legal apprentices to start in September 2019. The provisional deadline for applications is 10 March 2019, however applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore early applications are advised.

Application process

We are now recruiting for Legal Apprentices to start in September 2019. Key dates for the recruitment process are outlined below:

Applications open
1 November 2018 
Applications close 10 March 2019 
Final Assessment Centre 
Week commencing 8 April 2019
Legal Apprenticeship Start Date (provisional)  30 September 2019 

Should your application form be shortlisted, you will be asked to complete some online gamified cognitive ability tests and have a brief telephone interview with the Early Careers team. Shortlisted candidates will then attend a final assessment centre in our London office.

Entry requirements

We will be looking for candidates with a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent (obtained or predicted) as well as 7 GCSE's at A* - C (or 9 – 4 for the numbered GCSE grading system). You do not need to have studied law to apply.

Please note those who have already completed a degree or Level 7 apprenticeship are not able to apply.

Our Apprentices

Find out more about our legal apprenticeship from our apprentices themselves. They discuss the structure of the apprenticeship, the type of work they do, what drew them to Ashurst and top tips for applying.

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To find out more and apply for our legal apprenticeship, please visit our jobs portal.

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