Do you want to become a Solicitor at a top commercial law firm? Then the Addleshaw Goddard Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme is for you.
Find out more about our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme by clicking on the headings below.
- What is the Addleshaw Goddard Solicitor Apprenticeship?
The 2017 Addleshaw Goddard (AG) Solicitor Apprenticeship is a six year, level 7, programme taught by BPP University Law School and leads to qualification as a Solicitor and an LLB in Legal Practice.
The apprenticeship is a mix of work and study meaning you will gain valuable work experience in a law firm whilst studying towards your degree. You will also be paid during your time as a Solicitor Apprentice so you can earn while you learn.
- What team will I be working in?
Our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme is based in our Transaction Services Team, or the TST for short. The TST currently has over 130 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 as a Solicitor with AG.
- Where will I be based?
We are looking for Solicitor Apprentices to join our Leeds and Manchester offices.
Both our Leeds and Manchester offices have recently moved to new buildings which are very modern with fantastic facilities.
The Leeds office has moved to the landmark new development 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 has moved to the prestigious 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 Solicitor Apprentice?
You will be studying towards an LLB in Legal Practice 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 weekly teaching via BPP's Online Classroom Live technology and regular 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 Solicitor Apprentice.
You will have one day a week dedicated to studying, paid study leave but you will also be expected to study in your own time as well.
The LLB is made up of the units listed below and is focused around work based learning:
Year 1: Introduction to Practice, English Legal System & Research, Contract Law
Year 2: Client Care, Public Law, Criminal Law
Year 3: Tort Law, Land Law
Year 4: Law of Equity & Trusts, Law of the EU, Professional Conduct, Ethics & Regulation, Professional Practice Skills (level 5)
Year 5: Business Law and Practice, Property Law & Practice, Civil Litigation, Professional Practice Skills (level 6)
Year 6: Criminal Litigation, Wills & Administration of Estates, Professional Practice Skills (level 7)
- What qualification will I achieve?
The Solicitor Apprenticeship is run by BPP University Law School and is a 6 year level 7 apprenticeship. The qualification you will achieve at the end will be an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice. Once you have successfully completed your six year apprenticeship you will also be a qualified Solicitor.
- What is AG looking for in a Solicitor Apprentice?
As well as strong academics we are looking for someone with the ambition and commitment to succeed on our six year Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme.
You will also need excellent communication skills, a good eye for detail, the ability to follow instructions and to enjoy working as part of a team.
You must also have grades A, B, B at A-Level.
- What will I be paid?
You will be paid £15,000 in your first year and this will increase throughout your apprenticeship.
You will also get a range of benefits such as shopping discounts, contribution towards a gym membership, 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. Four days a week will be spent working in the office and one day a week will be spent studying.
- What support would I get?
To ensure your career with us gets off to a great start, prior to joining us, you and your parents will be invited to our offices. This gives you and your family the opportunity to meet the team and former Apprentices.
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 Solicitor Apprentice.
In your first week you will spend five days at 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 for the 2017 scheme?
Applications open the week commencing 20 March 2017 and you will be able to apply via our website to join in September 2017.
There are three stages to our application process:
- Application (CV and covering letter)
- Telephone interview
- 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.