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Solicitor Apprenticeship

Nottingham Trent University have been successfully delivering higher and degree apprenticeships since 2015, providing training solutions to a wide range of businesses.

How does our apprenticeship work?

The Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship is a six-year distance learning apprenticeship, incorporating the six foundation subjects traditionally found in a law degree, together with preparation courses for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The course is in two stages. Students can join the programme at either stage.

  • Stage One: Years one - four will be spent on our LLB (Hons) Law by Distance Learning course
  • Stage Two: Years five and six will be spent on preparation for the SQE.

Stage Two focuses on what the SRA term ‘Functioning Legal Knowledge’, and the application of that knowledge to ‘Practical Legal Skills’. Stage Two is two-years in duration and results in the award of PGDip following successful completion of 120 Credit Points. Successful completion of the on-programme assessment, SQE 1, and the End Point Assessment, SQE 2 (which is separate to the NTU assessment regime) will also result in the apprentice’s admittance to the Roll of Solicitors, allowing them to practise as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Upon completion of the course, students will gain an LLB law degree, Postgraduate Diploma and prepare students to undertake the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). Successful completion of the SQE allows formal qualification as a solicitor.

Who can apply for our apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship is aimed at post-A Level school leavers, paralegals, chartered legal executives and those seeking a career change, who wish to qualify as a solicitor. It is recommended that applicants are employed in a legal environment for 30 hours or more a week, with at least 50% of their time based in England.

Applicants must be sponsored by an employer to undertake an apprenticeship at NLS.

When does the apprenticeship start?

The L7 Solicitor Apprenticeship starts in September 2022.