If you’re a school leaver interested in a career in law but not sure what to do next, or you’re concerned about the cost of going to university, or worried about whether you have or will get the grades to secure a place, you should consider a legal apprenticeship.

A CILEX Law School apprenticeship allows you to combine studying for a legal qualification on a formal, government-recognised training scheme with working and earning. You’ll have no debt at the end of the scheme and you’ll have developed a lot of experience and practical insight along the way, potentially putting you ahead in career terms of someone who chose to go to university rather than begin work.

Apprenticeships are an attractive option for a number of reasons. The principle is simple: you work for an organisation and earn a salary in return, as you would 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 = 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.
  • 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.

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.

Our minimum entry requirement is 3 A Levels at A* to C, plus GCSE maths and English at A* to C.

In some circumstances, candidates who do not meet this entry requirement will be accepted onto apprenticeship programmes. This variation reflects the fact that some candidates may be able to establish exceptional factors or demonstrate their academic ability through other means, for example the quality of the work that they have previously undertaken for an employer. All such candidates should be referred to the Head of Programmes for consideration.

All apprentices need to achieve a Level 2 in both maths and English prior to entering the gateway for end point assessment. Where a candidate does not already have a Level 2 in both Maths and English (equivalent to grade C/5 or above GCSE), candidates will be asked to complete an initial assessment prior to entry onto the programme. The following factors will be considered prior to acceptance on the programme:

  • The level of any existing qualification;
  • The level achieved in an initial assessment;
  • The time taken to achieve an initial assessment;
  • Any other factors deemed relevant by the Head of Programmes, including an employer reference.

Currently we offer the following apprenticeship programmes:

Set at A-level equivalent, this programme is ideal for new recruits or current members of staff who have completed an intermediate apprenticeship or have some prior experience in a business or administration role.

  • 18-month programme
  • Suitable for school leavers or current support/process staff to be trained as administrators
  • Suitable for those whose role requires ownership of some processes or procedures rather than being solely task-based

This programme is aimed at school leavers who have the maturity to study law and possess good written English; paralegals or other current employees in administration or customer service who have the potential for development; and those who have already completed an intermediate apprenticeship.

  • 24-month programme
  • Pathways available: Civil Litigation, Commercial, Criminal, Family, Property and Probate Practice. Apprentices must work in one of these contexts.
  • 20% off-the-job learning required as a minimum: EITHER as a half day off per week with the rest as extra learning at work and additional revision leave OR, preferably, as a day’s study leave per week

This programme is appropriate for candidates who have already studied law and worked (or are working) in a legal environment, including law graduates and those with a CILEX Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice.

Anyone embarking on the CLE Apprenticeship must be in a role which meets CILEX Regulation’s requirements for qualifying employment during the final years of their apprenticeship.

  • Up to 60-month programme
  • Includes all of CILEX’s academic requirements – currently Level 6 units or exemptions depending on prior qualifications
  • Meets all of CILEX’s qualifying employment rules and work-based learning requirements
  • Requires the completion of an extended case study
  • Minimum 20% off-the-job learning time required

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss your learning needs with us, please get in touch.

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