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Can you do an apprenticeship in law?

Are you interested in becoming a solicitor, paralegal or chartered legal executive? Find out how you could get your dream role by completing an apprenticeship.

Do you need to go to university to work in law?

Traditionally, the only way to become a solicitor or work in law would be to gain a university degree. However, with the cost of university fees making many school leavers think twice about university, and apprenticeships giving the added bonus of learning on the job from experienced lawyers, it’s never been a better time to explore your options.

How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships combine work-based study with on-the-job training, and pay. Your employer will also pay for your training costs including tuition fees if you take part in an apprenticeship scheme for degree and higher apprentices.

Average salary for a law apprenticeship

The average salary for an apprenticeship in the legal/law industry is £16,405, according to RateMyApprenticeship’s Top 100 Employers 2018-2019.

Top employers for law apprentices

Top employers for legal/law apprenticeships include Pinsent Masons (#19 across all sectors), and Irwin Mitchell (#79).

What types of apprentices are available in law?

Find out if an apprenticeship could be the right route for you, with prospects ranging from being a solicitor to a paralegal or legal executive.

If you’re keen on getting into the law sector but not keen on spending years at university, a degree apprenticeship could be for you. Find out more with our free guide:

  • Understand degree and higher apprenticeships in law and how they can benefit you, including getting a degree without the tuition fees, while also getting paid
  • Find out how apprenticeship levels correspond to higher education levels such as A-levels and degrees.
  • Explore three key apprenticeships within the law sector: solicitor, paralegal, and chartered legal executive, and what to expect from them as an apprentice.
  • Hear from law apprentices as they talk about their own experiences of their roles and how they feel about the structure of their apprenticeship schemes.
  • Learn all about how much you could earn on an apprenticeship, as well as future salary expectations.
  • Find out how and where to apply for law apprenticeship vacancies.
  • Uncover our top application tips when applying for a law apprenticeship role


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