Why do an apprenticeship

Interested in a career in law? Do you think university is the best/only option to get the career you want? Or are you simply not really sure what to do next? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, read on.

Essential information

When considering whether this might be the right thing for you, there are three key aspects of apprenticeships you need to understand:

Apprenticeships are a very attractive option for a number of reasons, no matter what your circumstances. The principle is simple: you work for an organisation and earn a salary in return, as you would while in a regular job. In addition, you continue to train and obtain qualifications and the education is paid for by the employer and the government.

Employment + salary + free* training and qualifications = apprenticeship

*there is no cost to the apprentice

There are a whole range of benefits to doing an apprenticeship:

  • salary: getting a salary straight out of school can provide you with some level of financial freedom and independence
  • qualifications: all apprenticeships lead to the award of a qualification
  • work experience: with an apprenticeship, you can get a head start on other candidates by having hands-on experience in the workplace
  • training: an apprenticeship combines both real-world and further education experience. Find out about the apprenticeship programmes we offer
  • avoid debt: by doing an apprenticeship you can avoid university bank overdrafts or student debt, which can run into the tens of thousands of pounds.

There are many other benefits besides these. Hear about them from some of our apprentices.

There is a common misconception that apprenticeships are only for people who didn’t do well at school. The apprenticeships we offer involve legal training and as such we do have some minimum qualification requirements, usually GCSEs or A-levels. Individual vacancies may have their own requirements so please check each vacancy you are interested in.

We do consider equivalent qualifications and mitigating circumstances, so do get in touch for advice!

Because apprenticeships are eligible for government funding, the following requirements also apply:

  • You need to be UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least three years
  • You will need to be 16 by the time your start your apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are also open to existing employees looking to further develop in their role or progress their career.

Why CILEx Law School?

There are alternative routes into a law career. CILEx Law School has been training people through vocational, non-graduate routes into law for over 35 years. Legal apprenticeships were introduced in 2013 and CILEx Law School was one of the first providers to offer them. We remain at the forefront of their delivery across the UK.

We recognise that:

  • not everyone wants to continue in full-time education
  • university is not right for everybody
  • some people can’t afford to go to university
  • living away from home may not be possible or appealing

We think this shouldn’t prevent anyone from having a successful career in the legal sector. If any of these statements applies to you, applying for a legal apprenticeship is a great option.