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Are you a standout individual? At Freeths, we are committed to guiding our talented graduates to be the best they can be. As well as developing your career, you will find a dynamic environment where your skills are truly valued!

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Becoming a qualified solicitor at Freeths

Formal training to become a qualified solicitor at Freeths is delivered by way of our traineeship (graduate apprenticeship). The traineeship is a 25–month programme delivered by the University of Law whereby our trainees will prepare for and sit the solicitor qualifying examinations, SQE 1 and SQE 2.

Trainees are required to complete two years qualifying work experience (QWE) which runs alongside their studies. Our trainees rotate seats during the two years providing them with experience in different areas of law.

During the traineeship, trainees will spend four days a week in the office, learning on the job, and one day a week studying with the University of Law. Trainees are supported by a skills coach at the University of Law and will have further guidance from a supervisor and an assigned trainee mentor at Freeths.

There is an option to further study up to a master’s qualification. All course fees are funded by Freeths.

Once the trainee has completed our traineeship and passed the SQE they will be ready to qualify as a solicitor.

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A challenging environment

A challenging environment

Get exposure to a variety of departments, with a stimulating mix of mentoring and courses. Our graduates make a real difference to our firm – we will support you to develop a successful long-term career with us.

“I started the Freeths legal assistant programme and have never looked back! The programme was an excellent way of starting my legal career as it enabled me to adapt to the legal working environment and learn ‘on the job’ whilst fully being supported by Freeths throughout.”

Hurmus Oltan

Managing Associate at Freeths Leicester

“Within five minutes of being introduced to the team I was knee deep the preparation of a fifty lever arch file trial bundle for a multi million pound claim in the High Court.”

Andrew Rathi

Managing Associate at Freeths Nottingham

A diverse team of people

A diverse team of people

Want to gain work experience as you complete your training course? Our direct entry and legal assistant progamme allow you to choose the learning route that suits you. There is no typical Freeths candidate – we have a diverse mixture of bright, stand-out trainees from law and non-law backgrounds. You can join us fresh from graduating (we do not have a “list of universities” that we pick from), or after doing your LPC or GDL.

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Whatever your legal needs, our wide ranging expertise is here to support you and your business, so let’s start your legal journey today and get you in touch with the right lawyer to get you started.


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