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Legal apprenticeships

Our legal apprenticeship programme will form the building blocks to a successful career as a solicitor.

The traditional way of becoming a lawyer is not the only route. 
With RPC's paralegal apprenticeships, eligible candidates have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of law while learning new practical skills essential to their future career.

Our two-year programme (level 3) offers a wide mix of on-the-job and off-the-job training that will take you towards a formal qualification and give you the opportunity, on successful completion, to apply for our solicitor apprenticeships (level 7).

If a career as a solicitor proves not to be the right fit for you, our paralegal apprenticeships can also lead to other opportunities at RPC including qualified paralegal and business services roles.

Interested in learning more? Read our FAQs below.

The application deadline for positions to start in the Autumn of 2018 has now closed.  Please keep an eye on the website for further information in due course.

Interested in learning more about the programme?

We are holding an information evening from 6pm to 8pm in our Bristol office on Monday 26 March 2018 for students currently in years 11 or 12 who will be eligible to apply for a paralegal apprenticeship in year 13. Their parents as well as careers advisers and teaching staff are also welcome.

If you would like to register your interest, please email Chloe Rowan by Monday 19 March 2018 including your name, school and contact telephone number.

Who is eligible to apply for a paralegal apprenticeship?

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

More broadly we are looking for individuals with the following qualities:

  • Hardworking, enthusiastic and motivated
  • Ready and willing to learn
  • Confident, with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Committed and willing to turn a hand to whatever tasks are needed to meet the team's aims
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Organised and efficient
  • Interested in process and technology
  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook)

Is it essential that I have studied law before?

  • No it is not essential to have studied law before but high academic credentials are essential as well as an appetite to learn and progress.

What does the programme involve?

Through your apprenticeship, you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills you need for your immediate job and future career.  You will gain this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work environment.  

To satisfy the requirements of the apprenticeship standard, you will need to spend 20% of your time on 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 based in Bristol, located in the same building as RPC, we will incorporate any bespoke aspects of learning that we feel appropriate for training and future success at RPC. 

What work will I do?

You will work on legal administrative tasks in supervised paralegal teams as well as gain experience in business support teams.
Tasks will be varied and include:

  • File opening, closing and all associated processes
  • Attending meetings and note taking
  • Conflict checking
  • Updating case management systems, managing data and associated records
  • Producing claims prints and extracting relevant data reports
  • Carrying out research

How long is the programme?

The paralegal apprenticeship takes 2 years to complete with the opportunity on successful completion to be considered for the solicitor apprenticeship (level 7 apprenticeship). The solicitor apprenticeship requires approximately 5.5 - 6 more years of study (taking into account exemptions from paralegal apprenticeship), also incorporating a law degree.

What qualification will I receive at the end?

You will receive a Level 3 paralegal apprenticeship accredited by Cilex.

How many apprenticeships do you offer?

Up to 4.

What are the key steps and dates of the programme?

Legal apprenticeship application timeline:

  • 11 December 2017 – applications open
  • 28 February 2018 – applications close
  • 26 March 2018 – information event by invitation only (Yr 12s)
  • 27 March 2018 – assessment day by invitation only (Yr 13s or beyond)
  • April 2018 – offers made conditional upon A Level results
  • August 2018 – offers made unconditional based on A level results
  • November 2018 – paralegal apprentices start
  • November 2020 – paralegal apprentices finish

How do I apply?

Watch out for our application process start and finish dates.
Throughout this window, an online application form will be available on the page.

What is the application deadline?

Wednesday 28 February 2018.

When is the assessment day?

Tuesday 27 March 2018.

When will the apprenticeship effectively begin?

In November 2018.

What happens at the assessment day?

You will be expected to demonstrate your motivations, skills and attributes notably through:

  • an interview
  • a group exercise
  • a written/role play task.

You will also be taken on a tour of the firm and have the opportunity to meet some of our team members in an informal setting.

This is a two-way process: the idea is to give you an opportunity to see us and vice versa in order to ascertain whether this is the right position and firm for you.

Where will I be located?


What will I get paid whilst completing the apprenticeship?

Your pay for the first year of your apprenticeship will be £15,000 rising to £15,500 in year two. 

In addition, we offer a comprehensive benefits package notably including:

  • 25 days of annual leave with the option to apply annually to flex by either buying or selling some of your entitlement (pro-rated for part-time employees)
  • Interest-free season ticket loan (following completion of probationary period)
  • Death-in-service
  • Group personal pension (via salary sacrifice)
  • Income protection
  • Discretionary bonuses
  • My Family Care

What support will I receive during the apprenticeship?

Each of our apprentices will be allocated a supervisor who will be their main point of contact for all work-related matters.

To assist with pastoral elements, you will also be assigned a buddy who will help you settle into your role and the firm.

How often will I go to the University of Law?

You will spend 20% of your time on learning & development, that is one day per week (or equivalent).

Are there information events being held to find out more about the paralegal apprenticeships?

We are holding an information evening from 6pm to 8pm in our Bristol office on Monday 26 March 2018 for students currently in years 11 or 12 who will be eligible to apply for a paralegal apprenticeship in year 13. Their parents as well as careers advisers and teaching staff are also welcome.

If you would like to register your interest, please email Chloe Rowan by Monday 19 March 2018 including your name, school and contact telephone number.