Start your career in law at a top commercial law firm as a Paralegal Apprentice
The Paralegal Apprenticeship at AG is a two year programme aimed at school leavers or people wanting to pursue a career in law whilst gaining experience in a top commercial law firm. The qualification is level 4, the equivalent of the first year of an undergraduate degree, delivered by BPP University. After completion of the Paralegal Apprenticeship there are many opportunities to develop your career in law even further such as progressing on to part of the Solicitor Apprenticeship, qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive, becoming a career Paralegal or even pursuing a career in the management team.
About the scheme and the role
- What team will I be working in?
Our Paralegal Apprenticeship scheme is based in our Transaction Services Team, or the TST for short. The TST currently has over 140 team members split across our UK offices. The team is made up of Apprentices, Paralegals, Managers and qualified Solicitors to support in the delivery of their wide range of work.
They deliver legal work such as contract reviews, document drafting, document organisation and complex project work. AG has invested significantly in technology within the TST and the team has a dedicated technology team who focus on developing and using existing and new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence to deliver their work.
This innovative team is the perfect place to start your career in law.
- Where will I be based?
We are looking for Paralegal Apprentices to join our Leeds and Manchester offices.
Both our Leeds and Manchester offices are very modern with fantastic facilities.
The Leeds office is located in the heart of the Leeds business district, 3 Sovereign Square. The office is a two minute walk from Leeds train station with excellent travel links.
The Manchester office is located at the One St Peter's Square building. The office is adjacent to a main Metrolink tram station and a few minutes' walk from both Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations.
- What will I be doing as a Paralegal Apprentice?
You will be studying towards a level 4 qualification, a Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services), with BPP University whilst also working in the TST. You will be involved in challenging and varied work from the start such as managing and reviewing documents for commercial transactions to preparing documents for trial.
This is a real job with real responsibility.
- How much study is involved?
You will have teaching via BPP's Online Classroom Live technology and face to face sessions with your tutors and peers. You will also have a dedicated Apprentice Manager and Work-Based Tutor to help guide you through your journey as a Paralegal Apprentice.
You will have five days paid study leave per year but you will also be expected to study in your own time as well.
The level 4 qualification is made up of some of the units listed below and is focused around work based learning:
- Introduction to Practice
- English Legal Systems and Research
- A contract, tort or land law unit
- Client care
- What qualification will I achieve?
You will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services (level 4) which is the equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree.
The course will be delivered by BPP University and you can find out more here.
More about the scheme
- What is AG looking for in a Paralegal Apprentice?
As well as good academics we are looking for someone with the ambition and commitment to succeed as a Paralegal Apprentice.
You will also need good communication skills, an eye for detail, the ability to follow instructions and to enjoy working as part of a team.
You must also have grades C, C, C at A-Level.
- What will I be paid?
You will be paid £15,000 in your first year and this would be reviewed annually.
You will also get a range of benefits such as shopping discounts, contribution towards a gym membership and gym discounts, 25 days paid holiday a year, private medical insurance, interest free travel loan, a pension scheme and more.
- What hours will I work?
You will work 9am to 5pm five days a week. 20% of your week will be spent focusing on training and on the job learning to support you in developing along the apprenticeship journey.
- What support would I get?
When you join us you will be introduced to your team and BPP. You will also have a buddy to help you settle in, regular catch-ups with your manager to discuss your progress and ongoing training. You will also have a dedicated Apprentice Manager and Work-Based Tutor to help guide you through your journey as a Paralegal Apprentice.
In your first few weeks you will spend some time with BPP being introduced to University learning (library, study skills, portfolios etc.), preparing for work (office etiquette, time management, note-taking) and meeting your new peers.
- How do I apply?
Applications are now open and you can apply via the links on the 'Apply now' block.
Assessment centres will take place in July, so please ensure you are able to attend if successful:
- Leeds - Thursday 12th July
- Manchester - Friday 13th July
There are three stages to our application process:
1. Application (CV and covering letter)
2. Telephone interview
3. Assessment centre
Following each stage you will be contacted to update you on your application progress.
- I have more questions, is there anyone I can speak to?
If you have any further questions about the apprenticeship please email us.