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Becoming a Qualified Solicitor at Freeths our Graduate Apprenticeship

Formal training to become a qualified Solicitor at Freeths is delivered by way of our Graduate Apprenticeship. The graduate apprenticeship 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 the Graduate Apprenticeship. Our trainees rotate seats during the two years providing them with experience in different areas of law.

During the Graduate Apprenticeship 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 through the apprenticeship 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 make the apprenticeship up to a master’s qualification. All course fees are funded by Freeths.

Once the trainee has completed our Graduate Apprenticeship and passed the SQE they will be ready to qualify as a Solicitor.

How to Secure a Graduate Apprenticeship 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.

We offer graduates two pathways that lead to qualification as a Solicitor: Early Talent Pathway and our Legal Assistant Programme. If you are at school or college and want to learn more about starting your legal career after your A Levels, please read our Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Early Talent Pathway (Engage with us from your First Year at University)

Get a head start in your legal career and engage with us in your first year of university. We welcome first year students to join us for an Insight Day at one of our national offices. On the day students will learn about Freeths, meet our fantastic people, and build skills which will strengthen their graduate application. We want to meet students that are driven, collaborative, and eager to learn.

Following our Insight Day, a selection of students will be offered a Work Experience Placement with us, and this will take place in their penultimate year of university. Students who excel on the Work Experience Placement will be offered a training position with us on our Graduate Apprenticeship. A start date will be agreed at the time of offer. We expect that in most cases, successful candidates on our Early Talent Pathway will join us in September after their graduation and will be enrolled onto the Graduate Apprenticeship to start the course in February.

Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

Non-law degree students can apply to our Early Talent Pathway. If successful, the start date for the Graduate Apprenticeship will be delayed allowing time to complete a law conversion course first.

Legal Assistant Programme (Final Year Students)

The Legal Assistant Programme is aimed at final year law students and graduates.

We aim for two start dates for Legal Assistants every year, one in January, and one in July.

Legal Assistants join us on a 6-month fixed term contract. Legal Assistants provide legal support to Trainees, Lawyers and Partners within their department. The programme is structured so that performance is reviewed at three monthly intervals. At the 6-month mark we are assessing performance and attitude with a view to offering a second 6-month fixed term contract.

If a Legal Assistant secures a second 6 month contract their performance will be reviewed again at 9 months. At 9 months, we will decide whether to offer the Legal Assistant formal training to qualify as a Solicitor. This will be delivered through our Graduate Apprenticeship and a start date would be confirmed at the point of offer. There will be a period between the offer of a place on our Graduate Apprenticeship and its commencement and during this time Legal Assistants will continue in their role.

Our application for the Legal Assistant Programme is open year-round and prospective applicants can apply at any time.

Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL)

Non-law degree students can apply to our Legal Assistant Programme. If successful on the Legal Assistant Programme, the start date for the Graduate Apprenticeship will be delayed allowing time to complete a law conversion course first.

A diverse team of people

Want to gain work experience as you complete your training course? Our Flexible Graduate programme and Legal Assistance Foundation 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.

“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

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.

“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

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

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