Law and legal studies

Law and legal studies is about facilitating court cases, representing clients, and providing legal administrative services. You could be in court arguing criminal cases, preparing important evidence or helping people buy houses.

What is a law apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship in law is a practical, work-based route into your chosen career. You will gain the qualifications and skills to work in the field while earning a salary and not paying tuition fees.

There are 24 different areas of legal practice, including environmental, criminal, employment, and human rights law, to name a few.

Career opportunities from a law apprenticeship

An apprenticeship in the industry can lead to a range of careers, including a:

A day in the life of a Solicitor apprentice

Rumaysah is a solicitor degree apprentice at Eversheds Sutherland.
The recommended salary for a solicitor apprentice
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Ciara Baker, solicitor apprentice at Capsticks

At the end of my apprenticeship, I’ll be in the same position as other graduates but with six years’ experience actually working at a law firm. This route doesn’t take any longer to qualify, but if I’d gone to university, I’d only have two years’ work experience at the end.

Catherine Knight, emerging talent manager at Eversheds Sutherland

The applications that stand out are the ones that demonstrate motivational qualities and show us real-life experiences not necessarily related to legal. You can gauge a person’s strengths from previous experiences in part-time jobs or school or college.
  • You’ll gain a significant amount of work experience.
  • You can make a difference to people's lives.
  • You get to interact with clients directly.
  • It requires lots of commitment and long hours.
  • You might have to deal with stressful situations.
  • Roles carry a lot of responsibility.

Who would suit a law and legal apprenticeship?

You might be interested in a law apprenticeship if you:

  • are interested in justice and the legal process
  • want to make a difference to peoples’ lives and the world around you
  • think you could argue strong cases

You might be a good fit for a law apprenticeship if you:

  • can construct a good argument
  • have good attention to detail
  • are a logical thinker
  • are motivated and driven
  • can work to deadlines
Rumaysah shares her top tips for securing an apprenticeship in law and legal studies.

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FAQs about law and legal apprenticeships

Rumaysah Khan, solicitor apprentice at Eversheds Sutherland

The best part of the apprenticeship is you learn the theory one day then take it to the office and put it into practice the next. That really makes the information sink in and stick. You’re also surrounded by very smart people, and if you’re open and ask questions, you can learn a lot from them.

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