Frequently Asked Questions

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training programme that mixes practical training with academic study.

Your exact tasks will depend on which apprenticeship you choose, but as an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Develop job-specific skills
  • Get a recognised qualification
  • Earn a wage
  • Have time for off-the-job training and study.

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What Support Will I Get?

You’ll be supervised at work by your day-to-day manager or supervisor. They’ll monitor your work and generally guide you during your apprenticeship.

CILEx Law School will oversees your academic training and monitor your progress as you develop the workplace skills needed for your qualification.

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Why Do An Apprenticeship?

You may have heard the phrase 'earn while you learn' and that is one of the main benefits of an apprenticeship.

If you’re eager to start work but also want to continue your studies, an apprenticeship allows you to do both. You earn a salary, gain a qualification, and gain valuable work experience all at the same time.

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What Qualifications Do I Need?

The qualifications you need to apply for an apprenticeship are:

  • Five GCSEs at grades A*-C (or grade 9-4 on the numbered system)
  • Three Cs or above at A Level.

You’ll also need to be…

  • A UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least three years
  • Age 18 by the time you start your apprenticeship.

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Can I Do An Apprenticeship If I Already Have A Degree?

Our apprenticeships are open to anyone if they’ll be learning a substantially new skill. So, if you have a degree in History, for example, you’d be eligible to apply for any of the programmes we offer.

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When Will I Get Time To Study?

You’ll either get a half or a full day per week to study during term time, depending on which apprenticeship you do.

We work closely with your training provider to help you progress and achieve the standards needed to earn your qualification.

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How Much Will I Earn?

You’ll have a starting salary of £16,289 or £18,928 if you’re at our London office. We’ll then review your salary in July each year.

You’ll also have access to our employee benefits.

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How Long Will My Contract Be For?

The length of your fixed-term contract depends on the apprenticeship you choose:

  • Business Administration Apprenticeship - 24 months
  • Paralegal Apprenticeship - 24 months.

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What Happens When I Finish My Apprenticeship?

Your apprenticeship is your first step on a fulfilling career as a professional in your chosen area.

Many people accept full-time roles at Irwin Mitchell after completing their apprenticeship. We’ll help you develop your skills further and you’ll have opportunities to advance to more senior positions.

Wherever your career takes you, you’ll have an industry-recognised qualification and training from one of the UK’s top law firms as proof of your skills and knowledge.

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How Do I Apply?

​2019 applications are now closed. Check back later for details about 2020 applications​.

When applications are open, you can apply online through our recruitment training provider, CILEx Law School.

We’ll then invite a shortlist of candidates to a telephone interview. If successful, there will be a final stage interview held in July.

You can only apply to one of our apprenticeship opportunities once per year. If your application is unsuccessful this time around, you can apply again next year.

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What If I Have More Questions?

We’re happy to answer any other questions you might have about our apprenticeships. Email us at and we’ll be in touch. If the query is about your application, then please email

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