Guidance

Legal services apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the legal services sector.

This apprenticeship covers assisting trained lawyers to handle their casework and in some situations, dealing with clients yourself.

Training opportunities

There are a variety of roles apprentices could hold depending on the legal sector of their employer, as well as the level of their apprenticeship.

At advanced level, you might be working in:

  • criminal prosecution
  • civil litigation
  • employment law
  • family law
  • property
  • working for private clients

An apprenticeship in legal services will not lead to becoming a qualified solicitor or barrister. Currently, higher apprentices can only continue on to pathway in commercial litigation, debt recovery and personal injury.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of legal services apprenticeships.

Advanced level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • paralegal officer
  • paralegal assistant
  • junior paralegal/litigation assistant (civil litigation)
  • junior paralegal/legal assistant (employment practice)
  • junior paralegal/legal assistant (family practice)
  • junior paralegal/conveyancing assistant (property)
  • junior paralegal/legal assistant (private client practise)
  • legal advisor
  • legal assistant

Higher level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • senior paralegal/senior legal officer/fee earner/litigation executive (commercial litigation)
  • senior paralegal/senior legal officer/fee earner/litigation executive (debt recovery and insolvency)
  • senior claims handler/fee earner/litigation executive (defendant)
  • senior claims handler/fee earner/litigation executive (claimant)

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education