The University of Law Solicitor Apprenticeship

The University of Law (ULaw) solicitor apprenticeship programme, which started on 25 September 2017, is designed to create successful partnerships between the University, employers and apprentices to meet the requirements of the government’s employer-led standard for solicitor qualification.

The University is now working with over 100 law firms across England and has a total of 184 apprentices currently studying towards qualification.

ULaw offers two apprenticeship routes:

  • Level 7 Solicitors Apprenticeship (post-A Level)
  • Solicitor Graduate Apprenticeship (post-first degree)

The ULaw five-and-a-half-year Solicitor Apprenticeship programme has a practical focus and aims to equip apprentices with a thorough understanding of core legal subjects, with an in-depth practical implementation. A combination of work-based and online supervised study, together with practical and academic activities at ULaw campuses, prepares apprentices to undertake the Solicitors Qualifying Exam Parts 1 and 2. Apprentices who successfully complete these assessments will be entitled to apply to the SRA to be admitted as solicitors at the end of the programme.

Apprentices also complete ULaw assessments, providing them with the opportunity to be awarded an LLB in Legal Practice and Skills (Hons) from ULaw. As well as supporting the apprentices academically, ULaw has built on their experience of working closely with employers to ensure competencies in the workplace are developed and nurtured throughout the five-year period.

The Solicitor Graduate Apprenticeships offer part-time (two years, three months) and full-time (two years, nine months) study options. This apprenticeship prepares students for day one as a qualified solicitor with a particular focus on the skills of interviewing, advocacy, case and matter analysis, legal research, legal writing and drafting. Students will complete online study of legal foundation subjects and skills modules, as well as completing weekly submitted tasks and receiving feedback from a University of Law subject tutor. This route will prepare student for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations, Parts 1 & 2 and students will have access to the ULaw SQE revision app. Upon successful completion, subject to the SRA character and suitability test, students become a qualified lawyer.

The apprenticeships use a blended learning method to ensure the programme reaches all geographical locations across England, widening opportunities for participation, and are designed so that they can be tailored to the role undertaken by the apprentice and develop the practical skills employers require.