WHAT IS A LEGAL APPRENTICESHIP?
It is a work-based training programme that combines on-the-job training with a nationally recognised qualification.
It is an exciting opportunity for ambitious school leavers who want a career in the law but don’t want to go to university.
It is a more practical-based learning experience that also allows you to earn while you learn.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
BLM offers a two-year Paralegal Apprenticeship Scheme in our Manchester and London offices, where our apprentices can gain:
valuable professional work experience at a leading insurance, risk and commercial law firm
a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services with BPP University Law School.
As an apprentice you will join one of our specialist legal teams, supporting BLM to deliver a first rate service to our clients. Don’t worry though, you’ll have all the support you need from your supervisor, apprentice mentor and the rest of the apprenticeship cohort.
One day a week you’ll be given protected learning hours to attend online tutorials, attend face-to-face sessions with your tutors and peers, and work on your reflective learning.
We also have our very own in-house Learning & Dvelopment Team who will provide you with everything you need to become a dynamic, well-rounded paralegal.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE APPRENTICESHIP FINISHES?
Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, we hope to keep you on board and offer you a permanent role as a paralegal within one of our specialist teams. Or, if you have demonstrated the right skills and abilities, you could progress on to a Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship, where you could eventually qualify as a solicitor.
How much will I earn?
We offer a competitive starting salty of £14k in Manchester and £16k in London, with salaries rising by £1k in the second year of your apprenticeship.
You will also receive the full range of BLM benefits which you can find here.
Will I still have exams?
Yes – the academic side of your apprenticeship will include a variety of assessments including coursework and examinations. Examinations will be with written elements of multiple choice questions. You will also be required to complete an End Point Assessment Interview.
If you have any other questions about the learning element of the apprenticeship please visit the BPP website.
What does an apprentice do on a day-to-day basis?
Our apprentices will do a mixture of tasks on daily basis, for example:
- Assisting with legal tasks
- Liaising with colleagues and clients
- Legal research
As you gain experience you will be given responsibility for more complex legal tasks and may even progress to managing your own cases.
Can I just start immediately on the Level 7 Solicitors Apprenticeship?
We believe that the Level 4 Apprenticeship is the best starting point, as it allows apprentices to really see if law is right for them before committing to the six years required for the Solicitors Apprenticeship.
By completing the Level 4 Apprenticeship you can use this time to count against a Level 7 Apprenticeship, so it will take you no longer to qualify as a solicitor.