Solicitor Apprenticeships FAQs

1. I would like to find out more about the Training Provider?

The Apprenticeship is run by BPP.  More details about BPP Solicitor Apprenticeships is available here.

2. Will I be employed for the full 6 years?

Successful candidates will first complete a 2-year paralegal qualification.  If that has been successful and both the Apprentice and Ellisons wish to continue, they will be offered a second 4-year Apprenticeship to complete the training and become a qualified Solicitor.

3. What qualities are important for apprentices to have?

A dedication to the qualification route is imperative.  It is not the easy option and it takes a hardworking, committed individual to succeed.  Someone who understands and can contribute to the firm’s values and culture is key.

4. Will I be able to choose which Legal Department I work in?

Apprenticeships will be placed in departments that have a business need to recruit an Apprentice, we do however consider individuals preferences and where possible, match people to their areas of interest.

5. Will I stay in that department for the entirety of the Apprenticeship?

We would aim to keep Apprentices in the same department for the majority of the Apprenticeship, however if an individual expresses a desire to experience another area of law towards the end of their Apprenticeship, this can be assessed on an individual basis and will be accommodated providing this supports business needs at the time.

6. Once completed, can I only qualify into the area of law I have worked in?

No, once the qualification is complete the newly qualified Solicitor can choose which area of law they wish to work within.

7. Is there any difference between someone who has completed a Solicitor Apprenticeship and someone who has completed a Degree and become a Solicitor following the traditional route?

There is no difference once qualified between someone who has completed an Apprenticeship and someone who has taken  the traditional Solicitor qualification route.

8. Will I be offered a job at the end of my Apprenticeship?

Ellisons cannot guarantee a job will be available at the end of the Apprenticeship but we are always keen to retain our talented individuals.  Towards the end of your Apprenticeship, the Ellisons Training Team will discuss available vacancies with the Apprentice.

9. Will I hear from Ellisons even if I haven’t been successful?

Yes, we will be in contact with everyone who applies with the decision as to whether they progress onto the next stage of interview or not.

10. Where will I be based as an Apprentice?

Part of the application process requires applicants to state their preferred location. We aim to match our Apprentices as closely as possible to the locations they have requested, however this is dependent on which departments require an Apprentice at the time of recruitment.


Application Process

We recruit our Apprentices almost exclusively through our Vacation Scheme, please click on the link below to apply for our Vacation Scheme which will run from 2nd – 12th April 2024.  Candidates who demonstrate high performance during our Vacation Scheme will be put forward for an interview for our Solicitor Apprenticeship, which will take place during the month of May.

Applications have now closed.