You’ll help progress legal matters and transactions on a solicitor apprenticeship course.

A solicitor is a well-established and recognised profession critical to modern business, access to justice, and the resolution of contentious and non-contentious problems.

Whether advising on property purchases or representing personal injury claimants in their quest for compensation from their insurance, you’ll be able to utilise your legal knowledge and expertise to get the best result for your client.

You will be able to: act ethically, professionally, and with judgement; advance legal matters and transactions; apply legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions that meet client’s needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances; employ the full range of legal skills, and effectively manage yourself and your work after completing this course.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s statutory framework for qualifying as a solicitor will be met if this apprenticeship is completed.

What you’ll learn

On a solicitor apprenticeship course, you’ll learn to:

  • Act honestly and with integrity, according to the law, regulatory rules, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Handbook and Code of Conduct (SRA).
  • Maintain the level of legal knowledge and competence necessary for effective practice, taking into account changes in their job and/or practice environment and legal advances.
  • Work within their areas of competence and with the necessary supervision.
  • Use understanding, critical thinking, and analysis to solve problems.
  • Obtain the necessary information
  • Investigate the law.
  • Develop and offer suitable alternatives, techniques, solutions, and suggestions.
  • Prepare legal documents that accurately reflect the client’s instructions.
  • Collaborate with clients to discover solutions to their issues.
  • Plan, manage and progress legal matters and transactions.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Create and maintain professional and efficient client connections.
  • Establish and maintain professional and fruitful relationships with others.
  • Initiate, plan, prioritise, and manage work activities to be completed efficiently, on time, and to a high standard for your job and the work you lead or supervise.
  • Keep, use, and maintain correct, complete, and transparent records by keeping, utilising, and maintaining accurate, complete, and precise records.
  • Make sound business decisions.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths and 3 A levels or equivalent for a masters degree apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this before taking the end-point assessment.

Assessment methods

The SRA centralised assessment comprises two parts:

  • Functioning Knowledge Tests 
  • Standardised Practical Legal Examination 

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

Duration and level

  • Duration: 60 months
  • Level: 7 – Degree Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship standard

More information about the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship end point assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

Updated on October 1, 2022

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