Law is one of the oldest academic fields in the world. A law and legal studies apprenticeship enables you to begin a highly regarded, intellectually challenging career that offers wide opportunity, financial stability and the power to make a difference.
There are many possible future career paths with a qualification in this industry. Whether you want to work as a legal professional, solicitor, barrister, judge or expand into academia, commerce or politics, an apprenticeship gives you the foundation for a flexible, well-respected and successful career.
The average salary in the law and legal studies sector is £32,5621.
More firms are offering law apprenticeship opportunities as an alternative to the traditional university study. Apprenticeships are valued for their practical experience and combine hands-on experience with academic study. Different apprenticeship levels are available, and it’s possible to progress from one apprenticeship onto the next. For example, following a paralegal apprenticeship, you could progress onto the chartered legal executive or solicitor apprenticeship.
As an apprentice, you’ll work on a variety of tasks such as research, client interaction, document drafting and data services. You’ll develop your skills, commercial awareness and legal knowledge in the different areas of the law. As your experience deepens, you’ll be involved in more complex tasks, perhaps researching cases, interviewing and advising clients, undertaking spoken and written recommendations and negotiating solutions.
Many firms of varying sizes offer law and legal apprenticeships. Some well-known employers include Allen & Overy, KPMG, Dentons, as well as local law firms.
An apprenticeship in law would be a good choice if you’re looking for a challenging, yet fulfilling, career which opens doors into a multitude of possible industries. Equally, if you have a keen interest in social, environmental, human rights or other important issues, an apprenticeship in law and legal services might be the right choice for you.
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- It doesn’t take any longer to qualify than if you choose the university route.
- You have a significant amount of work experience by the time you qualify.
- You get to interact with clients and see the impact of your work.
- It’s a competitive industry with more candidates than roles.
- It’s a fast-paced, busy industry and can often come with long working hours.
- Working and studying at the same time can be challenging.
Legal apprenticeships have been on the rise recently and are now highly regarded by employers, as they recognise and value the substantial practical experience that apprentices have to offer.
I’d never heard of apprenticeships in law so I’m glad I came across it!
Caira Baker, Apprentice at Capsticks
Depending on the size of the firm, apprentices are hired as part of a team of other apprentices, or matched with graduate trainees, senior paralegals or supervisors and mentors. Firms often offer training sessions and a rotation through different departments to ensure that you gain a range of experience and ongoing support during your time as an apprentice.
A law apprenticeship enables you to develop new skills and critical knowledge from the very start of your career through real-life experience. This practical exposure is an invaluable way to develop client relationships, build a contact network and grow your relationship with your sponsoring law firm.
At qualification point, our apprentices already have six years’ experience and that shines through in many ways.
Catherine Knight, Employer at Eversheds
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