I completed my legal studies via distance learning. Had Legal Apprenticeships been widely available back then, I would have found them an attractive option.

Andrew Smailes | Legal Trainer

The advanced and higher apprenticeships in legal services are awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives' (CILEx) and each give some exemptions against the CILEx Level 3 Law and Practice qualifications. Subsequent progression via further study to qualified lawyer status (either as a Chartered Legal Executive or solicitor) is possible. Advanced and higher legal apprentices are required to become members of CILEx and so have the benefits of membership of an established Chartered Professional Body.

The advanced apprenticeship in legal services is suitable for apprentices in roles where they are managing aspects of case files, conducting legal research and some drafting in addition to carrying out more complex administrative work. In some firms, advanced apprentices will be performing fee-earning work for at least some of the time.

The higher apprenticeship in legal services is suitable for apprentices who are in (or are rapidly moving towards) fee-earning roles and who already have some core technical knowledge. The higher apprenticeship is set at undergraduate level.


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