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Graduate solicitor apprenticeship Your fast-track route to qualifying as a solicitor

Our graduate solicitor apprenticeship is for those who have completed their law degree, or those who have completed a non-law degree and the GDL.

What is the Weightmans graduate solicitor apprenticeship?

You can apply for a Weightmans graduate solicitor apprenticeship from the penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree (if you plan to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, or equivalent).

If you have already commenced study towards, or completed, your legal practice course (LPC) please see our training contract pathway which follows the same application process.

Our graduate solicitor apprenticeship will support you through the new pathway to qualification by completion of the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE1 and SQE2). This means that you can join us straight from your degree or GDL and start gaining on the job experience, and earning a salary, earlier.

The apprenticeship is a 32-month programme which provides you with the best learning and development opportunities in order for you to qualify as a solicitor. One day each week is dedicated to off-the-job study with the four remaining days gaining your required work-based experience. You will complete five work placements across different areas of the business, learning from leading experts in the legal field.

Why have we changed to follow the SQE route?

Following a lengthy period of research, development and consultation, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced that the Legal Practice Course (LPC) will be replaced by the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE). This will be launched from September 2021 as the LPC will be phased out. As a firm, we have closely followed updates and consultations of the legal education reforms and we have spent a great deal of time planning our new SQE-ready programmes. We are excited to continue recruitment of our new graduate pathway, which we believe brings many advantages. Trainees can join the firm straight from university, qualify as a solicitor earlier and learn the academic content of the SQE1 whilst working in a legal role, applying it to practice from day one.

Is this for you?

We are looking for a specific type of individual who will fit in well with our ethos and culture. We are looking for those who are passionate about law and committed to a career as a solicitor. You will need to show that you are a resilient individual, with the drive and determination to succeed for our clients.

You will need to show that you have a strong academic background. You will be required to have obtained your LLB Law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law before the position commences.

What is included in the Weightmans graduate solicitor apprenticeship?

You will be learning on the job with a robust support network as you complete five work placements in teams across the business. Alongside BPP University Law School, we will help you achieve to the best of your ability and upon successful completion, you will be a qualified solicitor. View a course outline. One day each week will be dedicated to off the job learning to ensure that you can maintain a good work/life balance whilst completing your solicitor qualifying exams (SQE1 and SQE2), with all fees paid by the firm.

Why choose us and what we will do for you

Here at Weightmans, people are an integral part of our culture and business, and your success is our success. We have great working practices for ensuring a mindful and considerate working culture as signatories of the Mindful Business Charter.

In many of our offices, we have a unique and open office space accompanied by agile working for a great work-life balance. With a focus on learning and development of our people, we are proud to have consistently high trainee solicitor retention rates.

As much as we work hard, we like to play hard too! Having an appropriate work/life balance is something we value for all of our people. Our social calendar is always full, from theatre visits and quizzes to office parties. Each of our offices has an active social committee who are always looking for new members to get involved. We will encourage our graduates to keep in touch as a national cohort with training and annual events.

We pride ourselves in our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) work and support a number of deserving charities, both nationally and local to our offices, including Zoe’s Place, Francis House, Simon on the Streets and many more. As part of our commitment, all staff receive two days of paid CSR leave each year, and each office has a local committee who are always looking for new members, and this may be something you would like to be a part of once you join us.

We offer an excellent salary and benefits. For year one as a graduate solicitor apprentice you would receive a salary of £25,000 (£32,000 London), which will increase after 12 months to £27,000 (£34,000 London). As a Weightmans employee, you will also be entitled to our excellent staff benefits including:

  • 28 days' holiday
  • Healthcare cover
  • Pension plan
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Employee care scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Dental care scheme

What is the application process?

Applications are now open for roles commencing September 2023. You can apply online below. This application will close on 10 March 2022 at 5pm, and any applications submitted after this time and date will not be considered.

If your application meets our requirements, you will then be invited to the second stage of the process which is an interactive online assessment. The assessment will take around an hour to complete and we recommend that you complete the practice questions provided beforehand.

If you progress to the third stage of the process, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre. This is our opportunity to meet you face to face and for you to meet us. The session will be half a day and the dates available are provided below:

Alternative dates for our assessment centres are not available, so please ensure you can attend before applying.

Apply now

Please navigate through the above link and select "Trainee Solicitor 2023" as your desired role, regardless of whether you seek the training contract or graduate solicitor apprenticeship. The application process will allow you to distinguish your preference.

Summer vacation scheme

When applying for a trainee solicitor role you may also choose to be considered for a place on our summer vacation scheme. This week-long paid placement at one of our offices has been designed for those who are applying for a trainee solicitor position with the firm to gain some first-hand experience at Weightmans.

You can apply by selecting the scheme you wish to attend on the trainee solicitor application form. The dates and locations are listed below:

Meet us and find out more

You can meet a member of the early careers team, and some of our current trainee solicitors, at university law fairs and events this autumn:

University of Liverpool: EmployerConnect: The Virtual Fair 12 October 2021
University of Newcastle Virtual Law Fair 19 October 2021
University of Leeds 26 October 2021
University of London: Law and Social Sciences Fair 27 October 2021
University of Leicester 28 October 2021
University of Birmingham: Law Career Fair 10 November 2021
Northumbria University: Law Career Session 11 November 2021
University of Manchester 18 November 2021
De Montfort University 19 November 2021

Please book a place directly with the university.

Arrange a chat to find out more

If you have any further questions or queries, please email apprenticeships@weightmans.com and one of our team will arrange to give you a call.

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