This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a law degree (LLB) and qualify as a solicitor alongside a practical paid job in a leading international legal practice.

The Osborne Clarke Solicitor Apprenticeship is available in Bristol, and is a 6 year level 7 programme. 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 and you will earn a salary while you are training.

The apprenticeship will combine practical work based learning with formal study. You will gain valuable, real-life experience in a leading international legal practice, enhancing your commercial understanding and growing your confidence in a work environment. It is the ideal opportunity to benefit from an exciting new world of work and study while avoiding the costs usually associated with undertaking a degree.

Frequently asked questions

We’ve pulled together the key questions about our Solicitor Apprenticeship scheme below.

If you’re all ready to go, then here’s where you can apply.

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What is the Solicitor Apprenticeship?

The Osborne Clarke Solicitor Apprenticeship is a 6 year level 7 programme. 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 and you will earn a salary while you are training.

The apprenticeship will combine practical work based learning with formal study. You will gain valuable, real-life experience in a leading international legal practice, enhancing your commercial understanding and growing your confidence in a work environment. It is the ideal opportunity to benefit from an exciting new world of work and study while avoiding the costs usually associated with undertaking a degree.

 

What is the LBB (Hons) Programme?

BPP is an independent university dedicated to business and the professions. It combines innovative study content with real-world experience and insight from expert tutors, delivering the practical skills and industry knowledge to help students to excel in the workplace.

As an apprentice you will spend 20% of your time (1 day per week) studying towards the LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice. You will study by blended learning, with attendance at ‘live’ online classes and regular face-to-face support classes at a BPP learning centre. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Environment.

The course is split across the 6 year programme as follows:

How will I qualify as a Solicitor?

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will build a portfolio of the experience you have gained and the tasks you have completed in the workplace. You will spend time in Osborne Clarke’s main practice groups: Business Transactions (Corporate, Commercial); Projects, Real Estate and Finance; Litigation; and Advisory (Employment, Pensions, Incentives, Tax and Competition). The programme will be tailored to your individual needs and goals for qualification, and your responsibility will increase as appropriate throughout your training.

To complete the apprenticeship you must pass the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) centralised assessment, comprising:

Part 1: Functioning Knowledge Tests

Part 2: Standardised Practical Legal Skills Assessments

BPP will provide you with guidance and assistance to help you pass these assessments. Once you have passed these assessments you will be a fully qualified solicitor.

 

How will I be supported?

You will receive support and guidance from us throughout your whole apprenticeship. In each team you will have a dedicated line manager, and you will also be paired with a trainee solicitor buddy to help you settle into life at Osborne Clarke. This is underpinned by our award-winning HR and career development programme.

You will also benefit from a Student Manager and Personal Tutor at BPP. Your Student Manager is your dedicated point of contact at BPP throughout your apprenticeship, and their main role is to support you and monitor your progress in completing the requirements of the apprenticeship. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you when you attend face-to-face teaching sessions at BPP, and will assist you with compilation of your portfolio of workplace evidence and help you to identify how that evidence links to the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the solicitor apprenticeship standard

 

How will I be paid?

The starting salary for our solicitor apprentices is £16,000 p.a. increasing as you progress through the programme. In your final 2 years you will be paid as a trainee solicitor – currently £38,000 p.a. in the final year.

 

What is Osborne Clarke looking for in a Solicitor Apprentice?

As well as strong academics (ABB at A-Level, predicted or obtained) we are looking for someone with the ambition and commitment to learn and succeed on our six year Solicitor Apprenticeship programme. You will also need excellent communication skills, a good eye for detail, the ability to follow instructions and to enjoy working as part of a team.

 

How do I apply?

We will begin to accept applications for our 2021 intake from February 2021.

 

What are the 2020 application dates?

Applications open – 3 February

Applications close – 3 April

Assessment day (by invitation only) – 23 April

Conditional offers made – w/c 27 April

Offers Made Unconditional – August

Apprenticeship starts – September

 

I have more questions, is there someone I can speak to?

If you have questions that you’d like to ask about the apprenticeship please email us or call us on +44 117 917 3484.