Legal Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have been significant for our legal firm, with a pathway to  from Legal Admin to Paralegal and Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeships. Our experience with law apprenticeships and Damar has been productive and rewarding.

David McIntosh  | People Development Manager, Keoghs

We offer the following legal apprenticeships across England, with many legal admin, paralegal and chartered legal executive apprentices in Greater Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and other towns and cities across England:

Legal Administrator Apprenticeship

Taking around 15 months, this law apprenticeship is ideal for administrators who support fee earners, such as legal secretaries. It includes the Business Administrator Level 3 standard, along with three CILEx units - The Legal Environment, Proofreading in the Legal Environment and an Area of Law.

Paralegal Apprenticeship

This two year apprenticeship has been designed for prospective paralegals or unqualified fee earners who would benefit from structured training and professional qualifications. Most students study units from the CILEx level 3 qualification or CPQ Foundation (or equivalent). All of these are assessed as part of the end-point assessment:

  • Legal Systems (CPQ)
  • Professional Skills (CPQ)
  • An additional CPQ Foundation module OR Level 3 Law/Practice units corresponding to the pathway most relevant to their work

Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship

Including the Level 6 CILEx Diploma in Law and Practice, this five-year apprenticeship enables apprentices to become a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Apprentices with a law degree are able to undertake the 30 month graduate fast-track option. 

Solicitor Apprenticeship

The Level 7 Solicitor Degree Apprenticeship is offered in partnership with The University of Law. Please see their website for further information.

If you want to apply for one of our law apprenticeships, please see our latest vacancies.

Employers can contact us for further information.

The Damar Difference

Damar Training are experts in legal apprenticeship training and we have developed our programmes to maximise the benefits to your business:

  • We were at the forefront of the development of the legal apprenticeship standards; we know these qualifications inside out;
  • Our staff understand your business; our expert tutors have all worked in the legal industry;
  • We are one of the few training providers offering this range of legal apprenticeships and one of only two providers in England who offer a purely work-based delivery model;
  • We have experience of working with many of the country’s biggest and most successful law firms, as well as supporting legal teams within other types of businesses.

Legal Training Delivery Model

Once enrolled, legal apprentices have a Damar coach who helps plan and manage the programme, including assessing performance and reviewing progress. This 1:1 support is supplemented by online and paper-based resources and practice tests. We also have a team of subject specialist tutors who deliver webinars and e-tutorials for the more technically complex units.

We keep you up to date with progress throughout the apprenticeship and carry out regular reviews to ensure your apprentice is on track and that the business objectives are being met.

In most cases, apprentices can start throughout the year and all of the training can take place in the workplace. There is no need for your apprentice to physically attend classes or college one day a week. Our legal apprenticeships are delivered nationally with a particular focus on Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham and London.


People of all ages and educational backgrounds can become apprentices, but there are some restrictions, the most important of which are:

  • The employer and the training provider must ascertain that the apprenticeship will allow the individual to gain substantive new skills. The training therefore needs to be materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship;
  • The apprentice must be employed, usually for 30+ hours a week, and work more than 50% of their time in England;
  • The period of teaching and learning must be at least 12 months and, during this time, apprentices are expected to spend at least 20% of their time in “off the job” training.


Employers that pay the Apprenticeship Levy are able to pay all of the training costs from their Apprenticeship Levy account.

Employers that do not pay the levy, as well as large employers who have spent their levy budget, pay just 5% of the overall cost, with the government paying the balance. For employers with fewer than 50 employees the 5% contribution is waived for apprentices aged 16-18.

For a newly recruited apprentice, the current grants are up to £4,000 per apprentice.

Progression Routes

Progression from one level of law apprenticeship to another is possible and we offer a career structure that can begin at entry level and lead all the way to degree-level qualifications as a Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive.

The Benefits of Legal Apprenticeships

There are many reasons why legal businesses of all sizes are looking at apprenticeships.


If the work done by the apprentice frees up as little as a couple of hours of a fee-earner's time each week it would probably cover his or her salary cost. The structured nature of apprenticeships also encourages firms to consider who is the right person to be carrying out a task and brings the potential to generate efficiencies throughout an organisation. Our “whole firm” approach maps job functions to competency-based qualifications with the aim of maximising the output of all staff, including fee-earners.

Risk Management

Unlike Solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives, there has historically been no agreed definition of a “paralegal” and no single, agreed qualification framework that covers the knowledge, skills and understanding required. With legal apprenticeships you know that at each level your apprentice is meeting or exceeding a nationally recognised standard as well as the standard required by your firm.


Complementing traditional recruitment with apprenticeships gives you access to talented young people who have made a conscious decision to follow a different route into the profession. Over the three to seven years it takes to complete the apprenticeship pathway, your apprentice will develop into a well-qualified and competent legal fee-earner and is likely to be loyal to the employer that has supported them.


Research carried out by the National Apprenticeship Service has shown that most people are more likely to use a business if it offers apprenticeships to young people and modern workforces need to reflect the customers and communities they serve. Offering apprenticeships is a way to build links with local schools and the wider community and demonstrates your firm's corporate and social responsibility.

Legal Case Studies

Michelmores logo"We have worked with Damar since 2017 as the main provider of our legal apprenticeships. They have helped us to shape our legal apprenticeship programme and navigate any issues which crop up. Kim Powell, our account manager, is always on hand to answer our queries."

Read the Michelmores case study.

"I believe that [the apprenticeship programme] will give employees a lot of confidence in the organisation, showing that CMS cares about an individual’s career. I also think that it has impacted members of my team who aren’t on the apprenticeship, by asking them questions, asking them to give feedback on my project etc. I think this is really good, again showing that it’s not just the apprentice who gets something out of it."

Sophie Mash, Legal Admin Apprentice at CMS

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