Solicitor Apprenticeship

This six-year programme integrates a law degree into the apprenticeship programme. The Solicitor Apprenticeship is run in partnership with City Law School, part of City University London.

Entry requirements

To be eligible, you will need to have 5 GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent are essential, specifically Maths and English and 3 A Levels grade B or above (although some employers may specify higher grades).

You can also apply if you meet City’s entry requirements, see below.

Please note that employers may have additional requirements. Visit our vacancies page for current opportunities and specific entry requirements.

At a glance

  • Level: 7

  • Duration: 6 years

  • Cost: None to the apprentice

  • Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage

  • Qualification: LLB in Legal Practice (accredited by City Law School) and qualification as a solicitor

What will I study?

CILEx Law School has teamed up with City University London to deliver this apprenticeship. This is a 6-year apprenticeship incorporating a law degree which will be attained at the end of the fourth year. You will learn law and legal practice alongside gaining competence in legal skills, commercial skills and professional conduct.

The study schedule is as follows and more details on the programme are available on request:

  • English Legal System and Legal Method
  • Contract Law
  • Crime Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Tort
  • EU Law
  • Land/Property Law
  • Equity Law
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Civil Litigation
  • Professional Conduct and Regulation (incl. Solicitors Accounts)

Obtain LLB

  • Company Practice Law/ Law of organisations (incl. Tax)
  • Will and Probate Law (incl. Tax)

Sit Functioning Legal Knowledge Tests

  • Professional Skills (Legal Research and Client Care)
  • Sit Practical Legal Skills Assessments

In addition, you will also need to demonstrate competence in the following four core areas:

  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • Technical legal practice
  • Working with other people
  • Managing yourself and your own work


Apart from exams taken towards the LLB in Legal Practice, there are the following final assessments set by the SRA. These are currently described by the SRA, but not confirmed, as:

Functioning Legal Knowledge Tests conducted by an independent assessment organisation(s). Assessment will take place in timed conditions in assessment centres, away from the workplace.

Work-based assessment against Apprentice standard and Competence statement to be assessed and certified by City Law School and the employer.

Both assessments must be successfully completed before the Apprentice can take Part 2.

A Standardised Practical Legal Examination conducted by an independent assessment organisation(s). Assessment will take place in timed conditions in assessment centres, away from the workplace. This assessment must be taken within the last six months of the Apprenticeship and are due to include:

  • Role plays and on-line case studies and tasks
  • Skills assessed in different practice contexts
  • Unflagged ethical issues throughout.

What work will I do?

Your tasks might include:

  • Progressing legal matters and transactions
  • Applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients’ needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances
  • Deploying the full range of legal skills – research, interviewing and advising, negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing
  • Establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people
  • Managing yourself and your work effectively
  • Working with the legal team to complete transaction processes
  • Processing contracts, amending documents where necessary, and ensuring that files (soft and hard) are kept up to date
  • Updating team Work In Progress lists
  • Assisting with document retrieval

Getting started

As with any job, the first step in obtaining an apprenticeship is to apply for an available role. Alternatively, you can approach your chosen organisation, or current employer, and ask whether they might be interested in taking you on as an apprentice. Please direct them to CILEx Law School for further information or prior to starting as some administrative formalities will need to be completed.

You can view current opportunities on our vacancies page.

Current vacancies

Further information

  • Why do an apprenticeship
  • Our apprenticeship programmes
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Apprenticeship student hub