Degree Apprenticeship: Solicitor

BPP University Law School’s Solicitor Apprenticeship programme incorporates a university degree – the innovative LLB (Hons) Legal Practice – which apprentices will study whilst working in a law firm or other legal services environment. Apprentices will gain the ‘gold standard’ professional qualification of Solicitor, recognising their ability to deliver excellent commercial legal advice and client service, behave ethically, and demonstrate commitment to continual learning and development

Programme details
Location

Multiple

Start Date

September

Length of programme

Standard guideline: Minimum 6 years

Dependent on previous experience, individual progression rate and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

The learner will study for their apprenticeship whilst working in a full time role. Throughout the programme, work-based assignments will demonstrate the practical application of theory in the workplace.

Modes of study

Delivered online for maximum flexibility

This includes full academic support as well as live webinars, 24/7 access to recorded lectures, and online lecture notes.

Assessment

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

Part 1: Functioning Knowledge Tests

Part 2: Standardised Practical Legal Examination

In addition to the degree, learners will complete a variety of university assessments during the programme.

How to apply

BPP Professional Education Group is one of Europe's largest specialist professional education providers of accountancy, legal and financial qualifications. BPP University is part of the BPP Professional Education Group and is a distinct legal entity with its own degree-awarding powers. In other parts of the Group, we offer a range of professional apprenticeships and qualifications from level 3 upwards.

To find out more about these apprenticeships, and other ways BPP can help your business, visit http://www.bpp.com/apprenticeships/employers or email legalapps@bpp.com or call 03331 309 119

 

Key Information

  • Attract talent: Our innovative programme will recruit and develop ambitious school leavers or existing employees and equip them with the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in the workplace. The apprentices themselves have no tuition fees to pay.
  • Flexible learning without compromise: Apprentices are able to utilise BPP University Law School facilities including innovative online resources, enabling them to study alongside their existing commitments.
  • Cost effective: From April 2017, employers will be able to draw their Apprenticeship Levy funds to spend against this apprenticeship.
  • Tuition from market leaders in legal education: We are trusted by over 60 international and UK leading law firms who exclusively send their trainee solicitors to study with us.
  • Practice-focused: Our work based assessments and projects demonstrate how theoretical knowledge is applied to practical challenges in the workplace.

Role Suitability

  • Legal Administrator
  • Legal Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Junior Fee Earner

Framework:

Level

Qualifications

Stage 1: Level 4

Duration: 18 months

Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Practice)

Awarded by BPP University Law School

Stage 2: Level 5

Duration: 18 months

Diploma of Higher Education (Legal Studies)

Awarded by BPP University Law School

Stage 3: Level 6

Duration: 18 months

BSc (Hons) LLB Legal Practice

Awarded by BPP University Law School

Overview

BPP University Law School’s Solicitor Apprenticeship programme incorporates a university degree – the innovative LLB (Hons) Legal Practice – which apprentices will study whilst working in a law firm or other legal services environment. Apprentices will gain the ‘gold standard’ professional qualification of Solicitor, recognising their ability to deliver excellent commercial legal advice and client service, behave ethically, and demonstrate commitment to continual learning and development.

This new Solicitor Apprenticeship offers a work-based learning route to qualification as a solicitor. The Apprenticeship Standard has been created by employers, for employers across the sector and including leading global law firms. BPP University Law School is among the first to offer the apprenticeship to organisations and learners.

Knowledge and Skills

This programme equips its graduates to:

  • Develop professional judgement and the ability to conduct legal work within the ethical and regulatory framework required for legal practice as a solicitor
  • Gain a comprehensive and systematic knowledge of the law and practice areas required for entry to the solicitors profession and to apply understanding, critical thinking and analysis to solve problems and offer advice and solutions which best address a client's needs and reflects the client's commercial or personal circumstances
  • Develop and exercise technical skills and expertise including:
    • Extract interpret analyse and assess written and oral source information
    • Undertake interpret and evaluate legal research
    • Draft documents which are legally effective and accurately reflect the client's instructions
    • Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
    • Conduct effective spoken and written advocacy
    • Negotiate effective solutions to clients' issues
  • Develop a range of skills and attitudes appropriate to the legal workplace including all aspects of effective client care, developing professional relations with others and the ability to initiate, plan, prioritise and manage their work to ensure that tasks are completed efficiently, on time and to an appropriate standard

Quality Assurance

All BPP University Law School programmes go through a validation process prior to launch to ensure that they meet academic standards and provide quality learning opportunities for students.

Programmes are designed and informed by external reference points such as subject benchmark statements, professional body requirements and national qualifications frameworks, and are externally reviewed by academics and professionals in the field of law. The validation process is made up of a number of stages, including a University Approval Panel which includes an independent chair, at least two external subject experts and a student representative. University awards are subject to revalidation every five years but programmes are reviewed annually.

The Apprenticeship Standard is reviewed by the Trailblazer group every three years.

Delivered by BPP University Law School

BPP University Law School is the leading provider of vocational, professional training for aspiring lawyers in the UK. Incorporating established, highly-regarded programmes, we have combined innovative study content with real-world experience and insight from expert tutors delivering practical skills and sector knowledge to help our apprentices excel in the workplace.

Modules

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)

The skills of drafting, writing, interviewing and advising, advocacy, research and negotiation will be pervasive throughout Year 6, culminating in the applied intensive preparation in Term 3 of Year 6 for Part 2 of the Solicitors' Qualification Examination (SQE).


Entry Requirements

Students who wish to join the Solicitor Apprenticeship must be in full-time employment in a relevant and suitable role.

  • From September 2016: 320 UCAS points at GCE A Level (ABB) and 5 GCSEs grades A* - C including in English and Mathematics (or other UK or International equivalent).
  • From September 2017: 128 UCAS points at GCE A Level (ABB) and 5 GCSEs grades A* - C including in English and Mathematics (or other UK or International equivalent).
  • Or successful completion of BPP’s Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services).
  • Or successful completion of a Level 3 apprenticeship in Legal Services, Business Administration or similar, together with successful completion of our LLB (Hons) Admissions Test.

Students who do not otherwise fully meet our criteria may be able to apply following successful completion of our LLB (Hons) Admission Test, or through the Accredited Prior Learning route if they have a recognised and equivalent qualification or experience.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 (overall) or equivalent plus a minimum of 6.0 in writing.

Students with an overall IELTs of 6.0 or equivalent shall be required to undertake a compulsory in-sessional English/Academic English course during the first term of their studies

Requirements

Employer

  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning.
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours.
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training.
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University.
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills.

 

 Apprentice

  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week.
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA**) or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time.
  • Has the right to work in England.
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours.
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new Knowledge and Skills are needed – employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship).

 

For any other queries about entry requirements please contact legalapps@bpp.com

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an 'edge'. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered 'Career Ready Skills' workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management./p>

It's never too early to start learning all the essential skills you'll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

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.

Location

Fees

Employers will be able to draw up a funding cap of £27,000 per apprentice from the Digital Voucher Service to cover the training costs for this Apprenticeship Standard.

From April 2017 the approach to funding significantly changed, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers with pay bills of over £3 million are required to pay a levy which can only be reclaimed to fund Apprenticeship training. More information on the Apprenticeship Levy and what this means for your business you can download our Levy guide here: employers.bpp.com