Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship

Solicitor Apprenticeship
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 6 years

This 6 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.

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 course will gain you LLB law degree, LLM 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

The apprenticeship incorporates the six foundation subjects traditionally found in a law degree, together with preparation courses for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), Stages 1 and 2. Students successfully completing the apprenticeship will gain a law degree and LLM. Having passed the SQE and undertaken work-based learning, you will be qualified as solicitor.

  • Solicitor Apprenticeship Stage 1

    Duration: 4 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.

    Optional module

    Choose one optional module from the list below.

    Year Four

    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 you 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.

    Optional modules

    Choose two optional modules from the list below.

    Optional Modules

    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

    Duration: 2 years

    Solicitor Apprenticeship Stage 2 - LLM Professional Legal Practice

    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.

    Commercial and Corporate Practice

    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

    • Reflective report or Dissertation

    Choose two modules from the following:

    • 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

Students successfully completing the apprenticeship will gain a Law degree and LLM.

How you’re taught

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. In Year 6 you will have the opportunity to either pursue areas of interest by choosing from six advanced skills areas and produce an extended piece of written work or to submit a dissertation in order to be awarded a LLM.

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Careers and employability

Students successfully completing the apprenticeship will gain a law degree and LLM. Having passed the SQE and undertaken work-based learning, you will be qualified as solicitor.

Having passed the SQE and undertaken work-based learning, you will be qualified as a solicitor.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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.

Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship offers a range of qualification entry routes into the Apprenticeship, both traditional academic and vocational qualifications, including but not limited to:

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.

Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. 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).

GCSE

You will also need GCSE maths and English at minimum grade C /4, or equivalent.

Applicants who cannot evidence GCSE maths and English at minimum Grade C/4, or equivalent, will be asked to complete a Maths and English Initial Assessment prior to joining the apprenticeship.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal.

As you will be studying whilst working full-time, you are getting an abundance of on the job experiences and industry connections to ensure your career gets a head start.

For more information or to talk to us about the companies who currently have opportunities available email us or call +44 (0)115 848 8139.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

For Apprenticeship fees, funding and guidance information, please see our Apprenticeships pages.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Unfortunately this course is not available for EU or international students.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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