A place to thrive

Taking an apprenticeship with us means you can combine working with studying. You can qualify into law, without the debt and earn a competitive salary whilst you are doing it.

But, if a legal apprenticeship isn’t for you, we offer business administration apprenticeships, management apprenticeships and IT apprenticeships.

You’ll meet and work with some great people (your colleagues and our clients) and have plenty of opportunities to build and develop a whole range of skills.

  • Start your career and earn a salary
  • Avoid student debt
  • Learn on-the-job as opposed to full-time learning
  • Benefit from coaching and feedback
  • Be independent and challenge yourself

Solicitor apprenticeship applications are now open.

Close date – 12th April 2024

You can find out about us, the role and the application process below or by watching our video.

Why choose us?

Which apprenticeship is for me?

Legal apprenticeship

Academic qualifications aren’t everything, and we think there is more to being a good lawyer than your exam grades.

You’ll need to fit with our values, so empathy and approachability are really important.  But you’ll also need to be a collaborative person who can see and do things differently.

An apprenticeship isn’t an easy option; you’ll need to work and study hard, which means you will need to be committed to a career in law and be dedicated to working hard to be successful.

Minimum entry requirements are:

Paralegal ApprenticeshipYou will need to have achieved Level 2 or GCSE Maths and English with a grade 4 or above.

Solicitor Apprenticeship – You will need to have a minimum of 1 A and 2 B’s at A level or equivalent 128 UCAS points.

Graduate Apprenticeship – Degree qualification

Top tips & advice for completing an application

  • Don’t send us your first attempt. Complete your application, then put it to one side for a day or so.  Then re-read it.  If you’re unhappy with some of the answers, don’t be afraid to change some of them.
  • Be accurate! Check your application for mistakes and missing words.  Then get a friend or family member to do the same.  You’ll be surprised what a second pair of eyes will spot.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have much or any work experience. We know it’s been hard to get work experience (from holiday jobs to legal work experience) in the last few years.  So think about what other experiences you can draw some of your responses from.  That might be your academic or personal life – hobbies, interests etc.
  • Be yourself. Try and let your application tell us who you really are.  We don’t want robots.  Everyone at Schofield Sweeney has something to offer.
  • If you’re not sure about something, please get in touch with us. Drop us an e-mail or give us a call, we don’t mind, and we’d be happy to chat with you.
  • If you have something else you think we should know about or will make you the ideal candidate, tell us in your covering letter or e-mail

What are we looking for?

Your application needs to be accurate, so ensure it’s checked thoroughly for typos and errors. If it’s not, your application will fall at the first hurdle.

We are not looking for someone who is just ‘building’ their CV or ‘collecting’ placements, so you will need to convince us that we would be making the right decision in offering a place to you.

Some suggestions:

  • You may be at the very early stages of your academic career, but do you already have an area of the law that you are particularly interested in?  If so, make sure you tell us more about it in your covering letter.
  • Tell us what you know about Schofield Sweeney.
  • We want to know about your academic career, so make sure you tell us about where you’ve studied and what grades you’ve got.
  • We want to know about what work experiences you have had. Don’t worry if they’ve not been in law.  Some of the most important skills can be gained in all manner of retail or service-industry roles.
  • Tell us about your achievements, be they academic, personal or sporting ones. Anything really, that gives us a better insight into who you are.

Key dates

Solicitor apprenticeship

Our selection process includes an interview stage, which if successful you will be invited to complete a one week work experience placement with us.

There are some key dates that you need to be aware of, as follows:

Applications open – 1st February 2024

Applications close – 12th April 2024

Interviews: May 2024

Work experience placement (one week): 24-28th June 2024

Start date: TBC August 2024

Apprenticeship commences: TBC September 2024

Want to meet us? We’ll be at the following careers fayres:

Feb 5th – Bradford New College
Feb 6th – Greenhead College
Feb 8th – Apprenticeship unlocked
Feb 14th – Uni of Huddersfield Law school

Other apprenticeships

Please see our vacancies for current opportunities.

How do I apply?

Solicitor apprenticeship

Online applications open on 1 February 2024 for our solicitor apprenticeship, you can find out more about this route and apply here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about apprenticeships at the firm, please contact us.

Where can I find out more about the firm?

Our learning provider

BPP University’s unique approach is education that is academically rigorous but also grounded in practical application.

BPP have been granted indefinite taught degree awarding powers (TDAP) under the Office for Students (OfS) new regulatory framework. The award of indefinite TDAP acknowledges the University’s academic integrity as a mature higher education institution with rigorous standards and academic governance.

It has around 21,000 students, studying across 13 centres, in 8 locations across England and online around the world. 78% are full-time, over 83% are on postgraduate programmes.

Find out more

Still have questions?

If you have any questions at all, don’t worry. We’re always available for a chat and are more than happy to help you through the application process.

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