L7 Solicitor Apprentice (Osborne Clarke) Reading OSBORNE CLARKE SERVICES

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a law degree (LLB) and qualify as a solicitor alongside a practical paid job in a leading international legal practice.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 08 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    72 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    02 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 7 (Master's degree)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

What is a Solicitor Apprenticeship?

Our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme is a 6 year level 7 programme, combining practical work-based learning with formal study towards an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice at BPP University Law School (BPP). All of your tuition fees will be paid and you will earn a salary while you are training. You will gain valuable, real-life experience in a leading international legal practice, enhancing your commercial understanding and growing your confidence in a work environment.

How many roles are available, where are they based, and when will they start?

We are looking for 4 Solicitor Apprentices to join us in London. The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme will start in September 2023.

What is the LLB (Hons) Programme?

BPP is an independent university dedicated to business and the professions. It combines innovative study content with real-world experience and insight from expert tutors, delivering the practical skills and industry knowledge to help students to excel in the workplace. As an apprentice you will spend 20% of your time (1 day per week) studying towards the LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice. You will study by blended learning, with attendance at ‘live’ online classes and regular face-to-face support classes at a BPP learning centre. You will also have access to a Virtual Learning Environment.

Will I qualify as a Solicitor at the end of the programme?

As you progress through your apprenticeship you will build a portfolio of the experience you have gained and the tasks you have completed in the workplace. You will spend time in Osborne Clarke’s main practice groups: Business Transactions (Corporate, Commercial); Projects, Real Estate and Finance; Litigation; and Advisory (Employment, Pensions, Incentives, Tax and Competition). The programme will be tailored to your individual needs and goals for qualification, and your responsibility will increase as appropriate throughout your training. To complete the apprenticeship and qualify as a Solicitor you will need to pass the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exams).

These are comprised of SQE1: Functioning Knowledge Tests and SQE2: Standardised Practical Legal Skills Assessments. BPP will provide you with guidance and assistance to help you pass these assessments.

How will I be supported?

You will receive support and guidance from us throughout your whole apprenticeship. In each team you will have a dedicated line manager, and you will also be paired with a solicitor apprentice buddy to help you settle into life at Osborne Clarke. This is underpinned by our award-winning HR and career development programme. You will also benefit from a Student Manager and Personal Tutor at BPP. Your Student Manager is your dedicated point of contact at BPP throughout your apprenticeship, and their main role is to support you and monitor your progress in completing the requirements of the apprenticeship. Your Personal Tutor will meet with you when you attend face-to-face teaching sessions at BPP, and will assist you with compilation of your portfolio of workplace evidence and help you to identify how that evidence links to the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by the solicitor apprenticeship standard

The training you will be getting

As a Solicitor apprentice with BPP, you will complete the Solicitor Level 7 Apprenticeship. Additional learning within the apprenticeship at levels 4, 5 and 6 will enable you to be awarded an LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice, from BPP.

Your Level 7 apprenticeship shall be delivered by a blend of online and face-to-face from BPP [alongside our award-winning internal training]. Coupled with the on-the-job learning, completion of the apprenticeship will lead to obtaining your solicitor qualification.

The apprenticeship standard is based on the SRA’s Statement of Solicitor Competence. Achievement of the standard and the associated apprenticeship assessment plan will satisfy the SRA’s regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor, subject to the SRA’s usual tests of character and suitability.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Potential opportunity to apply for a permanent role within the company, upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Team working, Excellent communication skills, Good eye for detail, Ambitious, Commitment


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSE's including English and Maths (Grade (A*-C/9-4 or equivalent)) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any (Grade Grades ABB) Essential

Things to consider

Please ensure that you apply for the position as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The closing date is a rough guideline as to when an advert will close. The advert may close before the given closing date if the employer has filled the position(s). BPP have a dedicated team who support students with disabilities, learning difficulties, health conditions and wellbeing. Please contact us at apprenticeshipapplications@bpp.com if you have any queries or would like more details.

About the employer

Osborne Clarke is recognised as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking law firms. Our success is down to excellence in our approach to our clients, our people and our business. With a growing international reach, particularly in Europe but also across Asia and the US, we look after a wide range of commercial clients such as M&S, HSBC and Vodafone as well as entrepreneurs and digital start-ups such as Airbnb. Our focussed strategy and positive working environment have been rewarded by many prestigious awards for career progression, management and culture, including being named ‘Law Firm of the year’ numerous times in recent years. We employ over 1600 people across 26 offices in 13 countries. You would be joining a truly international business with the opportunity to engage with colleagues and stakeholders across the UK and around the world.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Megan Finn


0203 834 2872

Apprenticeship standard


Level 7 (Master's degree)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 08 Mar 2024