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Questions about the Solicitor Apprenticeship
There is a new route for high school graduates to acquire a law degree (LLB) and to qualify as a solicitor, while working a practical paid job with a law firm. Our law firm in Essex, now offers solicitor apprenticeship opportunities to those who wish to pursue a career in law.
Why become a solicitor apprentice
You can become a solicitor through an apprenticeship and fully qualify as a solicitor within more or less the same period of time that it would have taken you to qualify as a solicitor through the traditional university route. The main difference between becoming a solicitor through an apprenticeship and becoming a solicitor through the university route, is that with the solicitor apprenticeship route, by the time you have qualified, you already have 6 years of practical legal experience, which would give you the confidence and assurance for the future.
This experience would also be reflected in the salary you would eventually be paid.
On the other hand, if you choose to take the university route, by the time you qualify as a solicitor, you will have 3 years less experience, than someone who started at the same time, but who took the solicitor apprenticeship route.
You will also have a student debt to pay back, whilst someone who took the solicitor apprenticeship route, is going to be cash rich by way of comparison.
Different law firms pay different wages to their solicitor apprentices. The wage you will earn as a solicitor apprentice would depend on the location of the law firm, the type of work the firm does and the law firm’s wage structure.
The minimum starting wage for a solicitor apprentice with Cohen Davis is £15,000 per annum. The actual amount a solicitor apprentice may earn with the firm would depend on the circumstances, the age and the qualifications of the apprentice. The wage increases regularly as the apprentice progresses with his or her learning and work.
We have started to accept applications for solicitor apprenticeship commencing in September 2022. The Cohen Davis' solicitor apprenticeship scheme is available in Essex, at our Waltham Abbey office and is a 6 year level 7 programme. During the course of your solicitor apprenticeship, you will gain an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice from BPP University Law School (BPP) and qualify as a solicitor.
All of your tuition fees will be paid by both the government and by the law firm and you will earn a salary while you are training. The solicitor apprenticeship scheme, will involve practical work-based learning with formal academic study at the BPP in London.
The degree that you will be awarded is a fully recognised law degree, whilst the experience that you will gain will be invaluable experience in an internationally leading internet and social media law firm. This is a unique opportunity to become a fully qualified solicitor in one of the most sought after areas of law, which involves internet, media and technology, and areas of law which are practiced all over the world.
Cohen Davis solicitors is a solicitor apprenticeship provider. The firm provides the full solicitor apprenticeship route for candidates of all ages and education levels.
This includes, high school graduates as well as individuals who already obtained an academic degree in areas other than law. Law graduates can also train with Cohen Davis solicitors to become fully qualified solicitors but this is done outside the solicitor apprenticeship scheme.
In 2022, we offer 3 solicitor apprenticeship places which you can apply for between December 2021 and the 31 March 2022.
The solicitor apprenticeship places are available at our Essex office so we encourage local talent to apply to become solicitors via this route.
As a solicitor apprentice, you will work in our beautiful offices, and occasionally, you will also work in our central London offices but you will be based in Essex predominantly. You will work and carry out all the tasks that a trainee solicitor carries out, for 35 hours per week.
You will be allocated one day each week for study and you will be given the full support, including a quiet study area in our offices, for revision work, if you prefer to revise at our offices rather than from home.
Throughout your apprenticeship you will experience a broad range of our practice areas, including media law, internet law, privacy law, defamation law, online reputation management, start up, social media accounts merger and acquisition and more.
From the outset, you will be involved in communication with clients, drafting documents and correspondence, working with a partner and associate solicitors on real cases, attending court and following up on cases. You will also be liaising with clients, other law firms and third parties including Local Authorities, Companies House etc.
Throughout your apprenticeship programme, and in addition to your studies, you will receive regular, and original in-house training. This will involve professional development, personal development and personal growth, sales and marketing, learning about the back-end of the internet.
This training is unique to our law firm and you will be unlikely to find it elsewhere. The aim to help you become more knowledgeable, increase your happiness and level of satisfaction. These are tools that will be with you for life.
The minimum entry requirements for the solicitor apprenticeship scheme are a minimum of 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grades A, B, B totalling 128 UCAS points alongside at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4/c and above including English and Maths.
To apply for solicitor apprenticeship, you will need to meet the minimum entry requirements (although we will consider exceptional circumstances). You can apply if you already have a university degree, provided it is a course other than law. If you already have a law degree, you can apply for a training contract or for a paralegal position as a route to qualifying as a solicitor with us.
All study and assessment fees of your solicitor apprentice programme are paid for by Cohen Davis Solicitors.
To apply for our September 2021, or for our 2022 solicitor apprenticeship intake, please email your CV, together with a covering letter to Support@CohenDavis.co.uk. Make sure that your covering letter contains enough information to allow us to make an initial assessment of your application. Make sure your covering letter is unique and that it includes information about you that explains why you wish to become a solicitor apprentice and why you chose to become a solicitor apprentice with our law firm.
You will succeed with your solicitor apprenticeship application to Cohen Davis, if you can demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others. Teamwork is of fundamental importance to working successfully with our law firm.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills, the type of individual who appreciates the importance of continuously improving communication skills and improving the way you serve clients and customers with solutions to their needs.
We welcome ambitious people who are committed to and are enthusiastic about learning, personal development,and growth, and those who are naturally curious, inquisitive and who can self-reflect and embrace feedback.
Make sure to demonstrate those skills in your cover letter to us.
How to succeed with your apprentice solicitor application