Frequently Asked Questions
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
- Usually gain a recognised qualification
- Earn a wage
- Have time for off-the-job training and study.
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, usually gain a qualification, and gain valuable work experience all at the same time.
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.
An authorised training provider will oversee your academic training and monitor your progress as you develop the workplace skills needed for your qualification.
In general, the qualifications you need to apply for an apprenticeship are:
- Five GCSEs at grades A* – C (or grade 9 – 4 on the numbered system) or equivalent
- Three Cs or above at A Level or equivalent, excluding General Studies (not currently required for Business Administration Apprenticeship).
There are often some variations on academic requirements for the specific apprenticeships, so please check the relevant apprenticeship page for more details on what qualifications you need.
You’ll also need to be:
- A UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least three years
- Aged 16 by the time you start the Business Administration Apprenticeship and aged 18 years of age to start the other apprenticeships.
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 our business admin, paralegal and accounting apprenticeships.
Our solicitor apprenticeship, on the other hand, is only available to those without a degree. This is part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer and giving opportunities to a diverse range of candidates.
If you're interested in becoming a solicitor and do have a degree, see our graduate recruitment page for opportunities.
You’ll usually agree your own time off for study with your line manager as it can differ for each programme. Generally, most apprentices spend one full day a week on their apprenticeship learning.
You’ll have a starting salary of £19,838, or £21,749 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.
- Business Administration Apprenticeship – 24 months
- Paralegal Apprenticeship – 24 months
- Accounting Apprenticeship – 24 months
- Solicitor Apprenticeship – Permanent Contract.
Your apprenticeship is your first step on a fulfilling career as a professional in your chosen area. Many people accept full-time roles with us 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.
You’ll need right to work in the UK in September 2024 in order to apply for one of our apprenticeships. We’ll also ask you to demonstrate your right to work with the UK Visa and Immigration approved paperwork before you start.
Unfortunately, our apprenticeship roles aren’t currently eligible for visa sponsorship in 2024. See if you meet the requirements for this role.
We want everyone to feel comfortable and to be able to perform at their best during the recruitment process. If you need any adjustments please email email@example.com and we'll be happy to discuss this with you.
For the business admin, paralegal, internal audit, assistant accountant, IT, and tax technician apprenticeships, we’ll invite a shortlist of candidates to follow an application and screening process and those who are successful at this stage will be invited to a virtual assessment centre.
Our solicitor apprenticeship has a slightly different selection process. Read more about interview and assessments for our solicitor apprenticeship.
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.
Our work experience programme is only available to students who're in at least the second year of their degree and want to apply for a training contract with us. We don't have a structured programme for younger students and we can't accommodate requests for informal work experience.
Almost all of our offices are now involved in local PRIME programmes. PRIME is a group of law firms who're committed to making sure more people from every walk of life can access the legal sector, making them aware of important opportunities. Through this scheme, we provide work experience to young people from less privileged backgrounds. For more information, please visit the PRIME website.
We hold a database for Careers Team & Societies where we will inform all interested parties of our events as we organise them and share any digital content with you for you to share with students. If you would like to be included on our database please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which email is best to send the information to.
Unfortunately due to high demand we can't sponsor individual university societies. However, each year we run a number of events including recruitment workshops which society members are welcome to join. We hold a database for Careers Team & Societies where we will inform all interested parties of our events as we organise them and share any digital content with you for you to share with students. If you would like to be included on our database please contact email@example.com to let us know which email is best to send the information to.