Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship


Bristol, BS1 6BN

Closes on Monday 2 September

Posted on 22 May 2024


Our graduate solicitor apprenticeship is designed to help university students get into the workplace sooner and kick start their careers by completing the SQE whilst working in the firm. You’ll gain the practical skills to become a successful qualified solicitor within 2.5 - 3 years. This is an alternative route to qualification.

Annual wage
£29,000 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Solicitor (level 7)
9.00am - 5.00pm (4 Days a Week Working - 1 Day a Week Studying - TBC)

35 hours a week

Possible start date

Monday 3 February


2 Years 9 Months

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Solicitor Level 7 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Gain SQE (Solicitor Qualifying Examinations)
  • 2 Year Qualifying Work Experience 
  • Upon successful completion, subject to SRA Character & Suitability test, apprentices will become a qualified lawyer
  • 1 Day a Week Study with University of Law

Where you’ll work

Michelmores LLP

10 Victoria Street




An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Solicitor (level 7)

Equal to master’s degree

Course contents
  • Obtain relevant facts by effective questioning and active listening.
  • Find, analyse, and assess documents to extract relevant information including recognising when additional information is needed , interpreting and evaluating information obtained, recording and presenting information accurately and clearly.
  • Recognise when legal research is needed and use appropriate methods and resources including identifying, finding and assessing the relevance of sources of law, interpreting, evaluating and applying research results, recording and presenting findings of research accurately and clearly.
  • Develop strategies and solutions including an understanding of a client’s commercial and personal circumstances, their needs, objectives, priorities and constraints.
  • Provide advice which is informed by appropriate and factual legal analysis and identifying the consequences of different options.
  • Draft documents from scratch and use precedents which address all legal and factual issues, complying with all formalities and using clear, accurate and succinct language.
  • Undertake effective spoken and written advocacy in court and outside of formal court hearings including: effective preparation by identifying and mastering relevant facts and legal principles, organize facts to support an argument or position, present a reasoned argument in a clear, logical, succinct persuasive way, make appropriate references to legal authority, comply with formalities, deal with witnesses appropriately, respond effectively to questions or opposing arguments, identify strengths and weaknesses from different parties’ perspectives.
  • Negotiate solutions to clients’ issues including: identify all parties’ interests, objectives and limits, developing and formulating best options for meeting parties’ objectives, presenting options for compromises persuasively, responding to options presented by the other side, developing compromises between options or parties.
  • Plan and manage legal cases and transactions including applying relevant processes and procedures to progress matters effectively, assessing, communicating and managing risk, bringing a transaction or case to a conclusion.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade Grade 9-4/A*-C or above)
    • Maths (grade Grade 9-4/A*-C or above)
    • 3 A Levels - Any Subject (grade Grade 9-4/A*-C or above)
    • Any Subject (grade Degree Level Qualification)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • IT skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Administrative skills
    • Number skills
    • Analytical skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Creative
    • Initiative
    • Non judgemental
    • Patience

    About this company

    Michelmores is a leading full-service UK law firm where people thrive on delivering complex and challenging work on high-profile assignments for quality clients. Our expertise covers everything from corporate and commercial, to transactional real estate and development, from agriculture to construction, and from family law to complex private wealth work. We cover a range of sectors, including technology and innovation, consumer brands, public sector and the sustainable economy. Our Firm fosters a collaborative and inclusive work culture that encourages innovation and creativity. We are passionate about supporting and developing our Apprentices, Trainees and Graduates, offering continuous professional development to help you thrive in your career. (opens in new tab)

    After this apprenticeship

    • NQ Solicitor

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000252639.

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    Closes on Monday 2 September

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