Apprenticeship stories

Since 2016, the number of organisations launching legal apprenticeship schemes has steadily grown. We asked some to share their insights on the process, and their apprentices to tell us what their experience has been like.

Meet the apprentices

Rachael PeterRachael Peter, apprentice at Ashurst

"I felt that this route would enable me to gain invaluable knowledge and experience."

Read about Rachael's experiences at Ashurst

Becky from Jones DayBecky, apprentice at Jones Day

"I would advise anyone starting their apprenticeship programme to always be open to new opportunities."

Read about Becky's experiences at Jones Day

Saffron SinclairSaffron Sinclair, apprentice at Sintons LLP

"You spend longer in a seat compared to a trainee solicitor and therefore get a more in-depth experience."

Read about Saffron's experiences at Sintons

Harry BullbrookHarry Bulbrook, apprentice at Charles Russell Speechlys

"The best advice I could give someone is to find an employer who they will enjoy working for."

Read about Harry's experiences at Charles Russell Speechlys

Leah GreenwellLeah Greenwell, apprentice at Sintons LLP

"The chance to work within a law firm without a degree and have the chance to study at the same time seemed too good to be true."

Read about Leah's experiences at Sintons

Jake ReillyJake Reilly, apprentice at Dentons

"I wanted to be academically engaged and have a good impact on my community."

Read about Jake's experiences at Dentons

Sydney LeeSydney Lee, apprentice at Charles Russell Speechlys

"Don't be afraid to ask questions - everyone at the firm is aware that you are only just starting out in the legal industry."

Read about Sydney's experiences at Charles Russell Speechlys

Hope GallantHope Gallant, apprentice at Womble Bond Dickinson

"The apprenticeship scheme is an exciting route into a career in law."

Read about Hope's experiences at Womble Bond Dickinson

Daniel ShawDaniel Shaw, apprentice at Clarion

"The apprenticeship… was a great opportunity to obtain a degree whilst still receiving the experience and skills to be a solicitor."

Read about Daniel's experiences at Clarion

Megan CapperMegan Capper, apprentice at BLP Law

"The apprenticeship programme… will enable you to build and develop on different skills that you will use throughout your career."

Read about Megan's experiences at BLP Law

Ben EvansBen Evans, apprentice at Muckle LLP

"The introduction sessions held at Muckle were also very informative."

Read about Ben's experiences at Muckle

Caroline Rayner-JonesCaroline Rayner-Jones, apprentice at LCF Law

"The apprenticeship scheme… offered hands-on learning and practical skills whilst also earning. It was a double win."

Read about Caroline's experiences at LCF Law

Elliot HawesElliot Hawes, apprentice at Burges Salmon

"As far as the newly gained skills go, professionalism is the most valuable to me. I am so much more confident."

Read about Elliot's experiences at Burges Salmon

Annie ArmstrongAnnie Armstrong, apprentice at Addleshaw Goddard

"The apprenticeship has given me more confidence and improved my communication skills."

Read about Annie's experiences at Addleshaw Goddard

Gemma SparksGemma Sparks, apprentice at the Royal National Life Boat Institution

"For me, apprenticeship was a better option because you are actually working within law, learning from the solicitors and earning money whilst you’re doing it."

Read about Gemma's experiences at the RNLI

The apprenticeship route into law

One apprentice – Chelsie McIntosh, a legal apprentice at Withersworldwide – shares her story in this video:

Tai Ahmed, a second year solicitor apprentice at Dentons LLP, shares his views and gives some useful advice for those looking to qualify via the apprenticeship route.

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