Our brand new Paralegal Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeship is a great opportunity for candidates of any age, who either want to start their career as soon as possible, or are looking for a career change, to enter the legal sector without the cost or time associated with college or university.
This is a fantastic opportunity for ambitious school/college leavers, or people looking for a new career in the legal sector. You will gain valuable legal experience at one of the UK’s largest legal businesses, work towards a nationally recognised qualification, and get paid at the same time.
What does the Legal Apprenticeship involve?
Legal Apprentices will either work in our Legal Services Centre, or in one of our insurance or commercial legal teams and, outside of London, you will receive a starting salary of £12,000 plus other benefits. In London the starting salary is £15,000 plus other benefits.
Throughout the apprenticeship you will have the support of your team members, supervisor and a dedicated mentor. During the course of the two year apprenticeship you will gradually be exposed to more complex legal work.
What will I study?
Legal Apprentices will work towards achieving a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, which will be taught by BPP and we will cover all training costs. In addition BPP will provide you with the opportunity to study for a certificate in Higher Education, a qualification which is equivalent to the first year of a degree.
This Paralegal Trailblazer qualification is the first of its kind and can lead to qualification as a solicitor. BPP will deliver the formal teaching for our apprenticeship, along with providing a dedicated assessor for each Legal Apprentice. Find out more about BPP »
What happens after the apprenticeship?
We hope all our Legal Apprentices complete their studies and decide to stay with us. Your exact role upon qualification will be determined by the skills and abilities you have shown during the previous two years. In advance of completion we will discuss with you where your skills can be best utilised within the firm.
If you show exceptional potential, we will offer you the opportunity to be considered to undertake the Solicitor Apprenticeship pathway and qualify as a solicitor.
What are we looking for?
Entry level requirements:
- 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics
- 3 C's (or equivalent) at A-Level.
As well as good academics, you must have excellent communication skills, an eye for detail and the ability to follow instructions and be able to work well as part of a team. You do not need legal work experience to apply, but work and life experience is valuable. Part time work particularly in customer service or retail may be an advantage.
In your application we are keen to see your drive and determination for a career in law and a good understanding of our firm.
What is the application procedure?
The applications for 2017 are now closed. Please check back later on in the year for updates about the next legal apprentice cohort.
Please note our application process is completed via our recruitment team at BPP.
Once BPP has received your application, you will be asked to submit your answers to the 4 questions provided by them. This is your chance to really let us know about you.
Spend time on your answers, don’t hold back and really tell us about yourself. This is your opportunity to make your application stand out, so pay attention to your grammar and spelling, a key skill of being a lawyer is attention to detail so make sure your application is error free.
If your application is successful you will be contacted by BPP, who will arrange to conduct a telephone interview with yourselves. The telephone interview will be a further chance, for you to show why you think a Legal Apprenticeship is right for you and why DWF is the firm you wish to do it at.
Upon successful completion of the telephone interview stage you will be invited to attend a half day assessment centre at DWF, which will involve:
- Several group activities
- A written & checking exercise
- A one to one interview
If you have not attended an assessment centre before, please do not be nervous as we will do everything we can to put you at ease, and none of the exercises require any specific legal knowledge. The purpose of our assessment centres is to give you the opportunity to show us what you can do.
Offers, start date and induction
If you are successful you will be offered a place to start with us in September 2017 and will attend a comprehensive induction. The induction will cover information about the firm, soft skills and an IT training session; you will also meet your tutor, supervisor and mentor.
If you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact Luiza Da Costa »
* Please note graduates are not eligible to apply for a Paralegal Apprenticeship. If you are a graduate please visit our graduate home page where you will find details of our vacation schemes and training contract opportunities.