Legal Apprenticeship

London (Central), London (Greater)
16 Apr 2018
21 May 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Legal Support
Contract Type
Experience Level

About Ashurst:

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years, and clear strategy for our future growth. Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service have seen us become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments in all areas of commercial law. To find out more please visit our website:

In order to comply with regulatory and client requirements, Ashurst will undertake appropriate vetting of staff. When applicants accept a job offer, Ashurst, alongside a specialist provider, will undertake professional verification and background checks. These checks are only undertaken with consent, and in accordance with our legal and regulatory obligations.

Business Area - Various

Role: Legal Apprentice

Location: London

Reporting to: Supervisor

Hours of work: 9.30 a.m – 5.30 p.m 

Department/ Role Overview:

The Ashurst Legal Apprenticeship is designed to help candidates kick-start their career as a Solicitor with a structured learning programme. Alongside studying part-time with The University of Law one day a week, you will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of legal work.

Candidates will initially complete the two-year Paralegal Level 3 qualification, which combines the foundation level knowledge required for a new entrant into a legal office with the more technical demands expected of a junior lawyer. Those who would like to continue their learning may then progress onto the six-year Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship, which incorporates an LLB (Hons) degree and leads to qualification as a Solicitor. All university fees will be funded by the firm.

We will invest the time and resources into ensuring our apprentices are fully equipped with the tools for success in the legal sector. In return, we expect commitment, motivation and a genuine interest in helping our clients. Apprentices will be allocated a supervisor to provide them with quality training and opportunities to develop, as well as feedback and guidance.

Ashurst is recruiting for Legal Apprentices to start in September 2018. The deadline for applications is 3 June 2018. To apply, please submit an online application form.

Main responsibilities:

Exact responsibilities will depend on the department you join, but the types of tasks you can expect to carry out include:

  • File opening and closure on case management system
  • Document management
  • Drafting invoices
  • Producing correspondence and reports as required
  • Preparing files and bundles
  • Handling telephone communication from colleagues and clients
  • Assisting fee earners with case load subject to close supervision
  • Carrying out basic legal and business research
  • Assisting Partners and Associates with various tasks
  • Ensuring confidentiality and security of all firm and client documentation, data and information
  • Assisting in the overall efficient running of the team
  • Attending departmental training sessions
  • General administration duties such as e-filing, photocopying and scanning
  • As you gain more experience you will be given more responsibility such as attending client meetings, producing attendance notes and running parts of files
  • Risk and Control: Ensure that all activities and duties are carried out in full compliance with our regulatory requirements and internal policies

Training Provided:

As a Legal Apprentice at Ashurst, you will complete the Paralegal Apprenticeship at Level 3. Additional learning tailored to your relevant practice area will enable you to be awarded a Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services which can permit exemptions from the first year of the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will be delivered by a combination of online and face-to-face training from The University of Law, as well as on-the-job learning. Assessment for the Legal Apprenticeship includes exams, coursework and a portfolio of evidence.

The University of Law – Learning Provider

The University of Law is one of the UK’s leading providers of legal education and training, and has trained more legal professionals at different stages of their careers than anyone else. They have been recognised for their excellence in teaching by the Higher Education Funding Council who awarded them Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2016.

Essential skills & qualities:

Academic entry requirements:

Minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent (obtained or predicted) as well as 8 GCSE's at A* - C. Candidates do not need to have studied law.

Skills required:

  • Good IT Literacy, including familiarity with Microsoft Office
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail

Personal qualities required:

In addition to a keen interest in the law, applicants must also be:

  • A team player
  • Reliable
  • Enthusiastic and keen to learn
  • Conscientious
  • Adaptable in approach
  • Resilient
  • Proactive and demonstrate initiative
  • Able to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Willing to take responsibility
  • Passionate about excellence

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