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Solicitor Apprenticeships

The Mishcon Solicitor Apprenticeship is a six year Level 7 programme at the end of which you will qualify as a solicitor. All of your tuition fees will be paid and you will earn a salary whilst you are studying for your degree, undertaking training and gaining your qualification. 

Watch our webinar for an overview of our Solicitor Apprenticeship opportunities and to hear from our current Apprentices.

Applications for the 2023 Solicitor Apprenticeship are now open.

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The Apprenticeship

You will be based in our London office, working alongside leading lawyers across our six departments (Corporate, Real Estate, Litigation, Innovation, Employment & Private). During the first four years you will complete four annual rotations and in the final two years you will join the graduate solicitor intake with four six month rotations. Throughout the six years you will be working for four days per week gaining valuable, real-life experience and spend one day studying with The University of Law.

By the end of the six years you will have a law degree and you will also have passed the Solicitor Qualifying Exams (SQE), comprising of SQE1: Functioning Knowledge Tests and SQE2: Standardised Practical Legal Skills Assessments. The University of Law will provide you with guidance and assistance to help you pass these assessments.

What are we looking for in a candidate?

At Mishcon de Reya our junior lawyers are the future of our business. The future of law is not predictable - the years to come will look nothing like the years that came before. So we need shapers. We need bold individuals who can adapt to seismic changes across the legal, social and political spheres. We need creative thinkers who can revolutionise the way we work.

We do not have a minimum grade criteria however strong academic results are desirable. Our previous solicitor apprentices have had at least 3 A-Levels at grade BBB and 6 GCSEs at grade A*-C or equivalent. Please do not be deterred if your grades are lower than this as we are looking for more than just strong academics.

How much will I get paid?

You’ll earn a starting salary of £24,000 as well as receiving all the various benefits. Your salary will also increase as you progress through the programme. You’ll earn a trainee solicitor salary in your final two years and a Newly Qualified Solicitor salary once you qualify. All your tuition and course material will be paid for.

Please note, our solicitor apprenticeship is not open to people with degrees. If you do have a degree and are interested in becoming a solicitor, see our Legal Graduate page for more details.

Our Apprentices

Amani Alom, Solicitor Apprentice

Elizabeth Horner, Solicitor Apprentice

Karolina Tomaite, Solicitor Apprentice

Lillie Hempsell, Solicitor Apprentice

Amani Alom: So far, working at Mishcon has been an incredible experience. My team have settled me in so well and I know I am never alone. I have been provided with so many opportunities to work on a broad range of work. I look forward to seeing what the future holds.

Elizabeth Horner: In my first few months as a Mishcon apprentice, I have been able to learn so much from my team and participate in many interesting projects. I have most appreciated the value Mishcon places on developing our knowledge and skills in a variety of areas and the extensive opportunities we have for learning.

Karolina Tomaite: Mishcon has given me an amazing opportunity to learn, collaborate, and gain invaluable experience whilst working amongst the friendliest people. There is a strong atmosphere of support, motivation, and care for each member of the Mishcon team, and I look forward to spending many years being a part of it.

Lillie Hempsell: Working for Mishcon these past few months have been amazing. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful, really making it easy to feel a part of the team. Although I was unsure of what to expect before starting at the firm, it's definitely not disappointed and I can't wait to see what else I can achieve over the next few years here.

The Application Process

Online application form

The first stage of the process is the application form. This is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself and what makes you stand out as a candidate. We will ask you for detail about your educational background; your work experience and any other hobbies, interests, qualifications and achievements. Don't worry if you haven't completed any legal work experience, we are looking for any experience where you have gained transferrable skills suitable to being a solicitor. The final section will include some longer form question about why you are interested in being a solicitor; why you've chosen Mishcon de Reya; and why you wish to qualify through the apprenticeship route.

Please take your time over the application. Expect to take at least 2 hours to complete the form. Use all the space available, this is your chance to stand out from the other candidates and the more you tell us, the more we get to know the person behind the application form. Before you submit, don't forget to check for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Strength-based video interview

The second stage is known as a 'one-way' video interview as there is no interviewer. Instead you will be asked four interview questions online - you will have 90 seconds to prepare and 90 seconds to record your response. The first time you complete a one-way video interview can seem quite strange but you are given the opportunity to practice before answering the questions. We use a platform called LaunchPad and they have a number of hints & tips on their website on how to prepare and how to record a great video interview.

Assessment centre 1

The first assessment centre takes place online and includes a group exercise and a virtual office exercise.  

The group exercise is a scenario assessment where candidates are required to work as a team to prepare and present at a mock client meeting. Two Mishcon de Reya solicitors will act as clients and assess individuals on their team work, presentation skills and commercial awareness.

During the virtual office, candidates are required to complete a number of tasks in an allocated amount of time. The tasks are similar to those which solicitor apprentices are often asked to complete.

Assessment centre 2

The final stage of the process will take place in our offices at Africa House.  Candidates will be interviewed by two Mishcon de Reya solicitors and asked a range of strength based and scenario based questions.

There will also be a case study. This is an individual assessment where candidates are required to read a scenario and present their thoughts and recommendations to an assessor. We are looking to see how candidates are able to assimilate information and demonstrate their commercial awareness.

Most importantly, there will be an opportunity for candidates to network with the Early Careers Team and our current Solicitor Apprentices to hear about their experiences.

Following this assessment centre, we will make final offers to the successful candidates.

 

Following each stage of our application process you will be contacted by email to update you on your progress. Any further questions please contacts us at early.careers@mishcon.com.

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Open day

Before you apply, come and meet the firm at our open evening. This evening is a great opportunity for you to hear from some of our current apprentices, and for you and your parents and carers to understand how apprenticeships work with in a law firm. Plus, it’s a deeper insight into life as a Mishcon de Reya lawyer and a great way to learn how to stand out in your application. Spaces are limited, so apply quickly using the link below.

Date: 15 February 2023

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Tom Wicksteed

Early Careers Manager

Thomas Hogan

Early Careers Advisor

Divya Paramasivan

Early Careers Assistant

Emma Boxall

Early Careers Assistant

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