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Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship LLB (Hons) / PGDip

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught / Undergraduate
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: Six years
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This six-year, distance learning apprenticeship is intended for post-A level school leavers, paralegals, chartered legal executives and those seeking a career change, who wish to qualify as a solicitor. Applicants will need to be sponsored by an employer to undertake an apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship combines practical experience in a legal firm with academic study through our law degree. You will gain hands-on legal skills in the work place, backed up by the theoretical knowledge essential to apply your skills to legal cases.

Completion of the apprenticeship will gain you an LLB law degree, (for those who commence prior to the start of year 5), Postgraduate Diploma qualification and prepare you to undertake the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Successful completion of Stages 1 and 2 of the SQE allows you to formally qualify as a solicitor.

It is the ideal opportunity for you to work as you learn and achieve advanced academic qualifications as you qualify to become a solicitor.

What you’ll study

In Stage 1 of the apprenticeship, learners’ study for an LLB Law Degree through a range of undergraduate law modules. This includes the six foundation subjects traditionally found in a law degree and a range of optional modules allowing learners to design their studies to suit them. In Stage 2, learners focus on preparation for the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE), 1 and 2, incorporating the required six Fundamentals of Legal Knowledge and the five Legal Skills. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Legal Knowledge. Having passed the SQE and undertaken qualifying work-based learning, you will be qualified as a solicitor.

Duration: 6 years

Solicitor Apprenticeship Stage 1 - LLB (Hons) Law

Year One

Law of Contract and Problem Solving

Develop your understanding of the law of contract. You will study the underlying theories and classifications of contracts and learn how to apply your knowledge to solve legal problems.

Law of Torts and Legal Reasoning

The law of torts concerns civil wrongs, and in this module you will learn to interpret case law, determine relevant legal principles, and assess the merits of legal reasoning.

Legal and Professional Environment

Gain a foundational knowledge and understanding of the legal system in England and Wales. Develop transferable intellectual, employability and professional skills.

Year Two

Public Law and Research Skills

Examine and research constitutional law concepts to develop an understanding of the relationship between the individual and the state. Exploring the protection of liberties and fundamental rights of the individual within the UK.

International, European and Comparative Law and Group Presentation Skills

Gain an international and comparative perspective on the establishment, development and operation of international and European Union law, while developing team working and presentation skills.

Criminal Law with Mooting

Expand your knowledge of criminal law and develop practical mooting skills that will enhance your employability. You will learn how to argue within a ground of appeal, how to research and write skeleton arguments, and how to use legal language effectively.

Year Three

Land Law and Professional Advice

Apply rules to solve legal problems in relation to land ownership. You will study the distinction between real and personal property and begin to draft professional advice in a property law context.

Law of Trusts and Advanced Legal Reasoning

Acquire high-level knowledge of the law of trusts and examine decided cases in detail. Learn how to apply your legal knowledge to the classification of property, creation and dispositions of property interests and management of trust property.

Year Four

Optional module

Choose one optional module from the list below.

Independent Legal Research Project

You will plan, research and write your own project on a chosen legal subject. You will be allocated a project supervisor who will provide guidance throughout the process and expertise in your chosen area. You will be asked to reflect on the skills that you have acquired during the course and how these have enhanced your employability.

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Law in Practice

This module has been designed to enable you to use legal and law-related work, paid or voluntary, for academic credit towards your degree. You will undertake at least 35 hours’ work either in one of our pro bono projects or with a law firm, advice agency, or other voluntary organisation in the UK or abroad.

Optional Modules

Choose two of the following optional modules below.

Company Law

Acquire high-level knowledge of company law. You will solve legal problems and study a number of topics, including limited and unlimited liability, shareholder rights, and the dissolution of companies.

Employment Law

Learn to apply your legal knowledge to solve employment law problems. You will study both collective employment law and individual employment law.

Evidence

Study the rules and principles of evidence in legal proceedings, and learn how to apply the law of evidence to factual situations.

Family Law

An introduction to the principal themes of English Family Law including marriage, divorce law, civil partnership, cohabitation, protection against domestic violence, and parental responsibility.

Intellectual Property Law

An introduction to intellectual property law, its rationales, economic function and international influences. You will gain an awareness of design law and study the law of copyright and patents.

Medical Law

Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the provision of medical treatment and care, and apply the law to solve medico-legal problems.

Solicitor Apprenticeship Stage 2 - PGDip Applied Legal Knowledge

Year Five

Professional Conduct, Public and Administrative Law and Legal Systems

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during your legal studies, in particular, Legal & Professional Environment and Public Law . This module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure of the following areas:  ethics, professional conduct and regulation, legal services, procedures relevant to constitutional and EU law, public and administrative law.

Dispute Resolution in Contract and / or Tort

This module will enable you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  core principles of contract law; the core principles of tort; and the principles, procedures and processes involved in dispute resolution and the Rule of Civil Procedure.

Property Law and Practice

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during earlier studies, in particular, contract, land and trusts.  This module will enable you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the processes and procedures in the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  land law, trusts law, contract law, the core knowledge areas of freehold real estate law and practice, the core knowledge areas of leasehold real estate law and practice, the core principles of planning and the core principles of property taxation.

Business Law and Practice

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during earlier years, in particular, contract law and also aims to further develop problem-solving skills and your commercial and professional awareness.  You will also gain knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  business organisations, taxation of business organisations, contract law, ethics, professional conduct and regulations, including money laundering.

Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during your earlier legal studies.  The module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure in the following areas of law: wills and intestacy, probate and administration practice, taxation, taxation and in particular Inheritance Tax and the practical application of trusts law.

Criminal Law and Practice

This module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  core legal principles relating to a range of criminal offences, the procedure and processes involved in advising a client at the police station and the procedure and processes involved in criminal litigation.

Year Six

You will study the five practical Legal Skills required for SQE 2 through the following modules:

  • Advanced Legal Skills in Criminal Practice
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Property Practice
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Business Practice

Duration: 2 years

Solicitor Apprenticeship Stage 2 - PGDip Applied Legal Knowledge

Year Five

Professional Conduct, Public and Administrative Law and Legal Systems

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during your legal studies, in particular, Legal & Professional Environment and Public Law . This module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure of the following areas:  ethics, professional conduct and regulation, legal services, procedures relevant to constitutional and EU law, public and administrative law.

Dispute Resolution in Contract and / or Tort

This module will enable you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  core principles of contract law; the core principles of tort; and the principles, procedures and processes involved in dispute resolution and the Rule of Civil Procedure.

Property Law and Practice

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during earlier studies, in particular, contract, land and trusts.  This module will enable you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the processes and procedures in the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  land law, trusts law, contract law, the core knowledge areas of freehold real estate law and practice, the core knowledge areas of leasehold real estate law and practice, the core principles of planning and the core principles of property taxation.

Business Law and Practice

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during earlier years, in particular, contract law and also aims to further develop problem-solving skills and your commercial and professional awareness.  You will also gain knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  business organisations, taxation of business organisations, contract law, ethics, professional conduct and regulations, including money laundering.

Wills and the Administration of Estates and Trusts

This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding of substantive law acquired during your earlier legal studies.  The module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure in the following areas of law: wills and intestacy, probate and administration practice, taxation, taxation and in particular Inheritance Tax and the practical application of trusts law.

Criminal Law and Practice

This module enables you to gain and apply practical legal knowledge and understanding of the following areas of law, practice and procedure:  core legal principles relating to a range of criminal offences, the procedure and processes involved in advising a client at the police station and the procedure and processes involved in criminal litigation.

Year Six

You will study the five practical Legal Skills required for SQE 2 through the following modules:

  • Advanced Legal Skills in Criminal Practice
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Dispute Resolution
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Property Practice
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Wills and Administration of Estates
  • Advanced Legal Skills in Business Practice

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Akil Hunte

Akil took many work experience placements and internships in internationally respected companies within the fields of law, investment banking and accountancy

How you’re taught

In Stage 1 you will spend four years on our LLB (Hons) Law by Distance Learning course, with Years 5 and 6, respectively, spent on preparation for the SQE Stages 1 and 2.

The overall aim of this apprenticeship is to develop professionals who will, amongst other things, be able to: provide legal advice to clients; progress legal matters and transactions; apply legal knowledge and commercial awareness to produce practical, workable solutions to legal problems; and use the full range of legal skills, including research, interviewing and advising, advocacy, negotiation and drafting.

You will be engaged in studying legal theory and practice through lectures, seminars, role play and independent study, which will amount to 20% of the apprenticeship. For the balance of the apprenticeship you will be engaged in work-based learning. You will be allocated an Academic Mentor for your studies and mentored by a senior colleague in your workplace. You will have access to online course materials, the PebblePad eportfolio tool, library resources and student support services.

Route 1

Weekend release – 4 study weekends per academic year for the duration of the course

Teaching Weekends Friday – Sunday

Route 2

Weekend release – 9 study weekends in total over the duration of the course

Teaching Weekends Friday – Sunday

How you’re assessed

You will be assessed through a range of assignments, applied projects and presentations and examinations.

It is the application of the knowledge you have acquired during the course that will enable you to think strategically and bring about change within your organisation.

Level 5 & 6

  1. Internal assessments replicating the assessments for stages 1 and 2 of SQE by incorporating multiple choice questions as well as short question and answer style assessment within exams
  2. Stages 1 and 2 of SQE, the End Point Assessments which are set by the SRA and administered by Kaplan

Careers and employability

Successful completion of the apprenticeship, having passed the SQE and undertaken qualifying work-based learning, you will be qualified as a solicitor.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You'll need to be in current employment in a legal capacity and have secured your employer's agreement to support you through the degree apprenticeship.

Individual employers will have a selection criteria for their apprentices, however an apprentice will also require the following:

Route 1 – LLB (Hons) Law

You will need one of the following:

  • A-level: BBB excluding General Studies; or
  • A-level: BB excluding General Studies and AS-level: BC taken at the same sitting; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM; or
  • ACCESS qualification indicating academic strength; or
  • A pass in the law units and skills elements of a Foundation Degree; or
  • Relevant employer-led work experience; or
  • Pass in CILEx Level 6 Law and Practice course or Professional Skills course; or
  • Pass in CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice; or
  • Pass in CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice; or
  • Pass in CILEx Law School Certificate in Criminal Prosecution, Criminal Justice Administration or DWP/DH prosecutions; or
  • CPS Level 3 Certificate in Criminal Prosecution.

And

  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C /4 or above (or equivalent)

If you have not achieved these GCSE (or equivalent) grades or you do not have copies of your certificates to evidence this level you will be required to complete our online functional skills assessment during the application process and must achieve:

  • Maths function skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 Maths by the end of your first year of study
  • English functional skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 English by the end of your first year of study

Learning will be provided by Nottingham Trent University as part of your apprenticeship to equip you with the knowledge needed to pass Level 2 in English and Maths by the end of your first year of study but please note that you will need to be prepared to commit to the additional learning required and longer teaching hours during your block weeks on campus.

Route 2 – PGDip Applied Legal Knowledge

You will need the following:

  • A minimum 2.2 law degree or equivalent
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you have not achieved these GCSE (or equivalent) grades or you do not have copies of your certificates to evidence this level you will be required to complete our online functional skills assessment during the application process and must achieve:

  • Maths function skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 Maths by the end of your first year of study
  • English functional skills Level 1 and must be willing to gain Level 2 English by the end of your first year of study

Learning will be provided by Nottingham Trent University as part of your apprenticeship to equip you with the knowledge needed to pass Level 2 in English and Maths by the end of your first year of study but please note that you will need to be prepared to commit to the additional learning required and longer teaching hours during your block weeks on campus.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, we may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route. Where necessary, applications will be referred to the Course Leader for consideration. NTU will liaise with the employer to determine their requirements.

All successful applicants must meet the criteria for Apprentices set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Unfortunately apprenticeships at NTU are not open for EU or international applicants.

Fees and funding

Apprenticeship fees are covered by an apprentice’s employer, meaning you won’t pay any tuition fees to NTU.

If your employer has any questions regarding the fees and funding available for this apprenticeship, visit our apprenticeship hub, or contact our Apprenticeships team at apprenticeships@ntu.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Unfortunately apprenticeships at NTU are not open for EU or international applicants.

How to apply

If you’re currently employed and have an agreement with your employer to study an apprenticeships at NTU – apply today! Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

If you are not currently employed but would like to undertake an apprenticeship at NTU, you can browse current opportunities available with employers on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page as well as sign up for notifications of new vacancies once released.

For more information on apprenticeships at NTU, contact our Apprenticeships team at apprenticeships@ntu.ac.uk or call +44 (0)115 848 2589.

Unfortunately apprenticeships at NTU are not open for EU or international applicants.