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.

Rachael Peter

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

Rachael Peter, apprentice at Ashurst.

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Becky Jones Day

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

Becky, apprentice at Jones Day.

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Saffron Sinclair

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

Saffron Sinclair, apprentice at Sintons LLP.

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Harry Bulbrook

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

Harry Bulbrook, apprentice at Charles Russell Speechlys.

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Leah Greenwell

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.

Leah Greenwell, apprentice at Sintons LLP.

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Jake Reilly

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

Jake Reilly, apprentice at Dentons.

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Sydney Lee

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

Sydney Lee, apprentice at Charles Russell Speechlys.

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Hope Gallant

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

Hope Gallant, apprentice at Womble Bond Dickinson.

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Daniel Shaw

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

Daniel Shaw, apprentice at Clarion

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Megan Capper

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

Megan Capper, apprentice at BLP Law

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Ben Evans

... the introduction sessions held at Muckle were also very informative

Ben Evans, apprentice at Muckle LLP

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Caroline-Rayner-Jones - apprentice

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

Caroline Rayner-Jones, apprentice at LCF Law

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Elliot Hawes - apprentice

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

Elliot Hawes, apprentice at Burges Salmon

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Annie Armstrong

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

Annie Armstrong, apprentice at Addleshaw Goddard

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Gemma Sparks

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.

Gemma Sparks, apprentice at the Royal National Life Boat Institution

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The apprenticeship route into law

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

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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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See what other apprentices have said about their experiences:

Ella Pearson

One great thing about Trailblazer is that you’ll finish with a degree in law.

Ella Pearson, Eversheds’ Trailblazer apprentice


Nick Read

The ability to study while putting it all into practice has been fantastic.

Nick Read, apprentice with Kennedys


Emily Belfield

You’re in the job day-to-day, you can see exactly how the business runs. I also like the fact that when you study something, you can put it into practice the very next day.

Emily Belfield, apprentice at Browne Jackson


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