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Solicitor Apprenticeship

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential, which is why we have launched our 6 year Apprenticeship Programme in our London office. Whether university isn’t the right choice for you or you are keen to start working straight away, our Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme gives you to a great alternative route to qualify as a Solicitor.

What will I be doing?

You will work alongside and learn from some of the brightest minds in their field, helping to solve some of our clients' most complex legal and business problems while learning the academic and practical skills needed to excel as a lawyer. You will receive a high standard of training from us while studying one day per week.

You’ll spend one day a week studying with BPP University, taking part in workshops and seminars and complete various assessments across the 6 years. 

What will I learn?

  • Knowledge of core areas of the law, legal practice and regulation
  • Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • How to progress legal matters and transactions
  • Methods of applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce
  • solutions which meet clients’ needs
  • Deploying a full range of legal skills – including legal writing and drafting,
  • case analysis, legal research, advocacy and interviewing and advising
  • Commercial awareness

You can read the full curriculum on the BBP Website - Solicitor Apprenticeship | Law | BPP

Rotations and structure

Apprentices at Norton Rose Fulbright are assigned to a Practice Group, a specific area of law in the business, for the duration of their apprenticeship. Whilst this means that apprentices do not rotate in the same manner as trainees, there are several options for six-month rotations into different parts of the business. During the application process, you will be asked if you have a preference for any of our practice areas.

Rotations can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pro Bono
  • Compliance
  • General Counsel

We aim to be flexible and as a result of this, the available rotations might change year to year.

What will I get paid? 

Build your career and become a qualified solicitor whilst working and earning. The starting salary will be £28,000, and will increase year on year matching with a graduate trainee solicitor salary by the fifth year

What qualifications will I get?

  • Solicitor Level 7 Apprenticeship
  • LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice

Where will I be based?

All Solicitor Apprentices will be located in our London office.

Who can apply?

This programme is open to all final year school leavers who are completed, or who are completing, their A-Levels To be considered we require you to be on track to achieving AAB at A-Level (or equivalent), however we understand that a successful team only thrives with a diverse range of skills, therefore we are also interested to hear about your strengths and motivations, as well as your extra-curricular achievements.

Application Process

  • Upon submitting your online application form, you will be invited to complete a bespoke online test, a behaviour based gamification software, tailored to NRF.
  • If you meet the minimum benchmark for our online test, your application will be screened against our criteria and if successful you will be invited to conduct a Teams video interview with a member of the Early Careers team. Passing this, you will be invited to an in-person assessment centre.

What does the assessment centre include?

Our assessment centre includes three elements:

  • Individual timed assessment – reviewing a case study and presenting your thoughts to an assessor
  • Group negotiation exercise
  • Partner interview

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