Solicitor Apprenticeship

The Solicitor Apprenticeship from BPP University Law School combines practical experience in the workplace with formal degree and postgraduate study.

As an apprentice you will gain a professional solicitor qualification that recognises your ability to deliver excellent commercial legal advice and client service, behave ethically and demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and development. You will also be awarded an LLB (Hons) Legal Practice.

Programme details

Online and in BPP University study centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Holborn, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester

Start Date


Length of programme

Six years (part-time)

Modes of study

Online classrooms sessions supported by face-to- face learning.

How to Apply

To join an apprenticeship programme you must be employed in a relevant role by an employer that is offering apprenticeships with BPP University. Apply directly to one of these employers following the link below.


To complete the apprenticeship, you must pass the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) centralised assessment, consisting of two parts:

Part 1 – Functioning Knowledge Tests
Part 2 – Standardised Practical Legal Examination

You will also need to complete a portfolio of examples of work experience

To be awarded the LLB (Hons) Legal Practice, you must pass a range of BPP University assessments which include unseen examinations such as multiple choice tests, written problem based questions and practical legal drafting exercises, legal research, presentation and skeleton argument, coursework, advocacy and an e-portfolio of work.


Key Information

  • Gain an LLB (Hons)
  • Earn a salary and gain your qualification without any tuition fees. Your tuition fees are paid by the employer and or the government
  • Study online with access to live and recorded lectures and online learning materials
  • Explore different areas of law and practice in depth, including Tort Law, Land Law, Business Law and Contract Law
  • Benefit from assessments and projects that relate directly to practical challenges in your workplace
  • Network with other apprentices through our collaborative learning environment
  • Qualify as a solicitor alongside a practical paid job in a legal environment
  • Develop professional judgement and the ability to conduct legal work within the ethical and regulatory framework required for legal practice as a solicitor
  • Receive individual support and face-to-face teaching three times a term at a BPP University study centre
  • Learn from BPP tutors who are qualified, experienced lawyers from practice
  • Document your apprenticeship and showcase your skills through the development of an e-portfolio
  • Manage your studies with one day’s study leave each week

Apply direct

To join an apprenticeship programme you must apply for a relevant role in a company that is offering Degree Apprenticeships. Apply directly to one of these companies by following the link below.

If you are young, bright and ambitious - and considering a career in law - then a BPP University Law School Solicitor Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you. It is an attractive combination of full-time, paid, professional employment with degree and postgraduate study with no tuition fees - and you can start straight after A-levels.

The Solicitor Apprenticeship has been designed to help you work towards the qualification of solicitor, equipping you with a sound academic understanding of the law and practice. By being employed for the duration of the programme you will gain the right blend of skills, knowledge and professional attributes to become a practising solicitor. You will be able to relate your studies to your practical work: applying and consolidating your knowledge and skills. Through the development of your own portfolio of work experiences, you will develop into a highly reflective learner and practitioner.

The programme will help you learn how to apply understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems and offer advice and solutions which best address a client's needs and reflect the client's commercial or personal circumstances. You will become proficient at effective client care and understand how to develop professional relationships with others. You will also have the ability to initiate, plan, prioritise and manage your work successfully.

Job Roles

To join an apprenticeship you must be in full-time employment with an employer who is participating in the apprenticeship programme. Your role must be relevant to the programme and may include:

  • Apprentice solicitor
  • Junior fee earner
  • Legal assisant

Designed with employers in mind this apprenticeship programme has been designed to meet the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard, developed by a group of employers known as ‘Trailblazers’. These standards have been developed to ensure that you gain a highly relevant education that meets the requirements and practical business needs of employers.

The Trailblazers involved in the design of this programme include: Addleshaw Goddard, Browne Jacobson, Burges Salmon, Clyde and Co, DAC Beachcroft, Dentons, DWF, Eversheds, Gateley, Kennedys Law, Lewis Silkin, Mayer Brown, Olswang, Simmons & Simmons, Stephenson Harwood, Withers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Study Method

You will study around your work commitments and receive one day per week study leave from your employer. During your studies you will learn from experienced law professionals who will deliver a highly relevant programme through discussions, case studies and activities. During each module you will learn a range of key principles that you can apply and develop further during your work.

The majority of study will be online using BPP University’s innovative learning platform. For three days each term your studies will take place at a BPP University study centre where you will learn in a classroom setting and benefit from face-to-face teaching and support.

BPP University VLE

Most of your study is provided online through a mix of live and recorded lectures, tutorials and associated online learning materials. When you join your apprenticeship programme, you will gain access to BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will have 24/7 access to all the study resources you need, allowing you to study anytime and anywhere.

Within our VLE, you will also be placed into a cohort of students - giving you the opportunity to network with your peers through online forums and discussions. In addition, you will be assigned your own student manager and personal tutor who will give you support and guidance throughout your programme.


The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a practitioner-focused programme covering all the required areas of law and practice to enable you to qualify as a solicitor. In addition, you will be awarded a qualifying law degree.

Year One

  • Introduction to Practice (15 credits)
  • English Legal System & Research (30 credits)
  • Contract Law (30 credits)

Year Two

  • Client Care (15 credits)
  • Criminal Law (30 credits)
  • Public Law (30 credits)

Year Three

  • Tort Law (30 credits)
  • Land Law (30 credits)

Year Four

  • Law of Equity & Trusts (30 credits)
  • Law of the European Union (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice Skills (Level 5) (15 credits)
  • Professional Conduct, Ethics & Regulation (15 credits)

Year Five

  • Business Law & Practice (30 credits)
  • Property Law & Practice (15 credits)
  • Litigation Civil (30 credits)
  • Professional Practice Skills (Level 6) (15 credits)

Year Six

  • Litigation Criminal (30 credits)
  • Wills & the Administration of Estates (15 credits)
  • Professional Practice Skills (Level 7) (30 credits)

Entry Requirements

If you join the Solicitor Apprenticeship programme you will gain a qualification while in full-time employment in a relevant and suitable role. You must also meet the minimum entry requirements shown below. However, employers may set their own entry criteria which are equivalent to, or higher than, the university entry criteria.

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs including a grade C or 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics; and
  • 128 UCAS points at GCE A-Level (ABB) and (or other UK or international equivalent); or
  • Between 96 and 127 UCAS points at GCE A-Level (or other UK or international equivalent) PLUS successful completion of the BPP University LLB (Hons) Admission Test; or
  • Completion of BPP’s Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services); or
  • CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma passed with Distinction; or
  • CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma PLUS successful completion of the BPP University LLB (Hons) Admissions Test; or
  • Successful completion of a relevant Advanced (Level-3) or Higher (Level 4 and above) apprenticeship PLUS successful completion of the BPP University LLB (Hons) Admissions Test.

If you do not fully meet our criteria, you may be able to apply following successful completion of our LLB (Hons) Admissions Test or through the Accredited Prior Learning (APL) route if you have a recognised and equivalent qualification.

For further information or help regarding eligibility criteria contact 03331 309 119

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.


Online and in BPP University study centres in:


  • Six-years (part-time) within full-time employment
  • The full cost of your apprenticeship programme will be funded by the government and/or your employer.
  • Must be a resident of the UK and working in England