National Apprenticeship Week is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of apprentices and the benefits of apprenticeships. This year theme is “Skills for Life”.

We encourage all employees to continue their personal growth and development and understand that there are many ways our employees can progress their careers. Whether it’s going to college and completing a legal secretary course or a CILEX qualification, to commencing a training contract or the SQE we are here to guide and help our employees be the best they can be and we are proud to continue supporting future development.

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A pathway into Law

A career as a solicitor can be rewarding and intellectually challenging. There are many different areas of law you can specialise in, so the work can be varied.

It usually takes at least six years to qualify as a solicitor if you study law full time. It will be longer if you study a different subject for your degree and decide later you want to follow a legal career.

Confused about the stages of becoming a solicitor. Our flowchart explains the different paths you you can take.

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What You Can Achieve


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SQE

The SQE was introduced in September 2021 as the exam you must take to qualify as a solicitor. To qualify through the SQE you must have a university degree (law or non-law), pass SQE1 and SQE2 exams, pass the SRA’s character and suitability assessment and have two years’ qualifying work experience (QWE).

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CILEX chartered legal executive

A chartered legal executive is a qualified lawyer (though not a solicitor) who is trained to specialise as an expert in a particular area of law. The CILEX Professional Qualification provides three outcomes: CILEX Paralegal, CILEX Advanced Paralegal and CILEX Lawyer.

Solicitor apprenticeship

Solicitor apprenticeship

The solicitor apprenticeship is a six-year programme of paid training, integrating a law degree, which ends in qualification as a solicitor. The entry requirements are usually five GCSEs graded 9 to 4 and three A levels (grade requirements vary), or equivalent work experience. Solicitor apprentices will take the SQE in order to qualify.

Paralegals

Paralegals have traditionally worked as support staff, but in practice many experienced paralegals do the same work as solicitors. Paralegal roles provide a good route into the profession for students and graduates, either as valuable work experience before applying for a training contract or as a way to fulfil QWE before taking the SQE and qualifying as a solicitor.

Do you want a career in law? Could you be our next apprentice?

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