Legal Apprentice

  • Ashurst
  • London, UK
  • 17 Dec, 2018
Advanced Apprenticeship Law

Job Description

Location: London

Salary: £19,000

Deadline: 10th March 2019

The Ashurst legal apprenticeship is designed to help school leavers kick-start their career as a solicitor with a structured learning programme. Alongside studying part-time with The University of Law one day a week, you will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of legal work.

You will initially complete the two-year level 3 paralegal apprenticeship with additional study to give a level 4 qualification (equivalent to the first year of university). This qualification combines the foundation level knowledge required for a new entrant into a legal office with the more technical demands expected of a junior lawyer.

Those who wish to continue their learning may then progress onto the level 7 solicitor apprenticeship, which incorporates an LLB (Hons) degree and solicitors qualifying exams. Completing the paralegal apprenticeship first means that you will be able to complete the solicitor apprenticeship in a reduced period of time (five years, instead of six). All study fees will be funded by the firm.

We will invest the time and resources into ensuring our apprentices are fully equipped with the tools for success in the legal sector. In return, we expect commitment, motivation and a genuine interest in helping our clients. Apprentices will be allocated a supervisor to provide them with quality training and opportunities to develop, as well as feedback and guidance.

We are now recruiting for legal apprentices to start in September 2019. The deadline for applications is 10 March 2019. To apply, please submit an online application form.

Main responsibilities:

Exact responsibilities will depend on the department you join, but the types of tasks you can expect to carry out include:

  • File opening and closure on case management system
  • Document management
  • Drafting invoices
  • Producing correspondence and reports as required
  • Preparing files and bundles
  • Handling telephone communication from colleagues and clients
  • Assisting fee earners with case load subject to close supervision
  • Carrying out basic legal and business research
  • Assisting Partners and Associates with various tasks
  • Ensuring confidentiality and security of all firm and client documentation, data and information
  • Assisting in the overall efficient running of the team
  • Attending departmental training sessions
  • General administration duties such as e-filing, photocopying and scanning
  • As you gain more experience you will be given more responsibility such as attending client meetings, producing attendance notes and running parts of files
  • Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies

Training Provided:

As a Legal Apprentice at Ashurst, you will complete the Paralegal Apprenticeship at Level 3. For some candidates, additional degree level content provided by the University of Law and tailored to your relevant practice area may be undertaken, and would permit exemptions from the first year of the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will be delivered by a combination of online and face-to-face training from The University of Law, as well as on-the-job learning. Assessment for the Legal Apprenticeship includes exams, coursework and a portfolio of evidence.


Damar Training & University of Law – Learning Providers

The programme is delivered by Damar Training in partnership with The University of Law.

Damar Training are a long-established apprenticeships provider and have worked with thousands of apprentices and many of the country’s leading employers in the delivery of legal apprenticeships.

The University of Law is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education and training, and has trained more legal professionals at different stages of their careers than anyone else. They have been recognised for their excellence in teaching by the Higher Education Funding Council who awarded them Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2016.

Essential skills & qualities:

Academic entry requirements:

Minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent (obtained or predicted) as well as 7 GCSE's at A* - C (or 9 – 4 for the numbered GCSE grading system). You do not need to have studied law to apply.

Skills required:

  • Good IT Literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Personal qualities required:

In addition to a keen interest in the law, applicants must also be:

  • A team player
  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic and keen to learn
  • Conscientious
  • Adaptable in approach
  • Resilient
  • Proactive and demonstrate initiative
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Willing to take responsibility
  • Passionate about excellence