Legal apprenticeship

We offer alternative routes into law, too. No matter what stage you are in your life, our paralegal apprenticeship scheme in Bristol will help build the foundations of a successful career as a solicitor, with the training and support you’ll need to excel.

Over the course of the two-year programme, you’ll draw upon your own ambitious and enthusiastic personality to develop your skills, learn new ones and grow your legal knowledge.

By combining a wide mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training, you’ll gain a qualification (level 3) that can lead you to apply for our solicitor apprenticeships (level 7), or other opportunities at RPC, including qualified paralegal and business services roles.

You’ll spend 20% of your time completing off-the-job learning which equates to one day each week to study. Working with our chosen provider The University of Law (ULaw), who are located in the same building as our Bristol RPC offices, we will incorporate any bespoke aspects of learning that we feel appropriate to your training and future success at RPC. 

Every day will be different. One day you may be working on legal administrative tasks in paralegal teams, such as minute taking and producing data reports. Another day you may be carrying out research for business support teams. 

This is the first year that we're offering apprenticeships so we asked Georgia, one of our current Paralegals, and future trainee, to tell you what it's like working here...

Is an RPC legal apprenticeship for me?

If you have a strong drive to use your personality and skills to make a difference, you may be the right fit for RPC.

How long is the programme?

The paralegal apprenticeship takes two years to complete with the opportunity on successful completion to be considered for the solicitor apprenticeship (level 7 apprenticeship). The solicitor apprenticeship requires approximately five and a half to six more years of study (taking into account exemptions from paralegal apprenticeship), also incorporating a law degree.

How can I find out more?

We are holding an information evening in our Bristol office on Thursday 7 March 2019 (6:00-8:00pm) for Year 11 and Year 12 pupils and parents, careers advisors and teachers who are interested in hearing about our legal apprenticeship opportunities available in 2019 and 2020.

The application deadline for positions to start in November 2019 has now closed.  Please keep an eye on the website for further information in due course.  If you would like to register your interest in a legal apprenticeship please e-mail strikinglyreal@rpc.co.uk.

The application process

If your online application is successful, you'll be invited to attend an assessment day. You'll be expected to demonstrate your motivations, skills and attributes notably through an interview, a group exercise and a written exercise. You'll also be given the grand tour and be introduced to some of our people to see how you might fit in to our RPC culture.

If you have a strong drive to use your personality and skills to make a difference, you may be the right fit for RPC. It’s not essential to have studied law before, but you’ll need strong academic results and be able to show that you’re a hardworking and motivated team-player with communication skills and meticulous attention to detail to match.

RPC paralegal apprenticeship selection process

What are the basic requirements?

  • Being in year 13 or beyond
  • GCSE Maths & English: grades A-C
  • A Levels: ABB (predicted or obtained) or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Distinction, Distinction, Merit, ideally in relevant subjects or non-law undergraduate degree
  • It’s not essential to have studied law before but high academic credentials are essential as well as an appetite to learn and progress

When should I apply?

  • 3 September 2018 – applications open
  • 22 March 2019 – applications close
  • 7 March 2019 – information event by invitation only (Yr 12s)
  • 16 April 2019 – assessment day by invitation only (Yr 13s or beyond)
  • April 2019 – offers made conditional upon A Level results
  • August 2019 – offers made unconditional based on A level results
  • November 2019 – paralegal apprentices start
  • November 2021 – paralegal apprentices finish

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Still got questions?

If we haven't covered it below then please get in contact with the recruitment team on 020 3060 6000 or by emailing us at strikinglyreal@rpc.co.uk.

FAQs

What is the benefits package?

Along with an annual salary of £15,000 rising to £15,500 in year two, you’ll be offered a competitive and creative full package of benefits.
 
We’re all unique. And that’s why RPC’s benefits package is too. We respect we’re all real people with passions, families and lives away from our desks. So we offer you the chance to tailor your benefits, offering choice and flexibility to everyone who works here.  
 
Our benefits package covers almost everything, from wellness festivals and social events to extra annual leave and family and wealth-related rewards.

What will happen when I arrive?

The first few weeks will be taken up with our Apprentice New Starter Programme which has been designed to introduce you to RPC. You’ll meet your team, the current apprentices and our trainee development team.

How much responsibility will I have?

This will be very much up to you! We like to give our apprentices a challenge, but you’ll never be asked to take on more than you are confident with. Your supervisor will decide exactly how much you should take on at each stage of your training.

How will I know how I’m progressing?

We’re proud of our open and honest culture. So you’ll have regular, informal feedback from your supervisor. We'll also give you formal reviews on a regular basis which will provide you, and us, with an opportunity to assess how you’re getting on and areas where we can help you progress further.

Will I have to work long hours?

Our apprentices rarely have to work long hours, but from time to time, you may need to stay late and lend a hand if there's a deadline looming.

Do you do any international work?

Yes, 30% of our work is international in nature. We have offices in London, Bristol, Hong Kong and Singapore and are founding members of the TerraLex network of law firms which gives us ready access to lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions. 

What is the firm's dress code?

You’ll need to wear professional business attire, but of course you'll be welcome to add your own personal touch.