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Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about our Legal Apprentice Programme or application process? You may find the answer here.

Solicitor Apprentice – Recruitment process & Eligibility

Applications for the 2025 Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme will open on 01 October 2024, and will close on 11 December 2024.

Applicants will need to have completed their A-Levels or equivalent by July 2025. We look for 3 A-Levels at grade BBB and 6 GCSEs at grade A*-C or equivalent, but we can be flexible with these as ultimately we look for the best candidates. Please do not be deterred if your grades are lower than this, we are looking for people who have a strong application form across the board. If you would like to discuss any mitigating circumstances, please get in touch with our early careers team. Candidates should enter their GCSE, predicted A-level (or equivalent) grades on the application form.

Absolutely. Legal work experience isn't a requirement for our application process, so please don’t be put off of applying if this is something you are yet to gain. Please refer to any experience you do have (legal or non-legal) on your application form. We're keen to hear about all of your experiences – whether this be volunteering, charity fundraising, extracurricular achievements or part time work and it’s absolutely okay for these to be unrelated to law.

The University of Law entry requirements for their Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship course are:

  • 3 A Levels at Grade C or above, or equivalent;

  • 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, or equivalent at Grade C/4 or above.

As long as you meet these minimum grades we will consider your application. 

We want ensure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone, and that candidates feel comfortable when completing our recruitment process. If you require an adjustment to the recruitment process for any reason (including ongoing health conditions, a disability, or you do not have the technology to complete a video interview or virtual assessment), please email us. We will provide you with an alternative that better suits your needs. 

If you do not currently have permission to work in the UK please provide full details of how you intend to qualify for this so that we can consider whether or not it is possible for us to progress your application. We will look at each application on a case by case basis. Any offer will be conditional on your right to work in the UK.

The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme is not available to those who have completed a law or non-law degree.  If you have a degree, please see our Graduates page for information on joining Mishcon de Reya through our Vacation Scheme.

Successful candidates for the 2025 apprenticeship will begin their programme in Autumn 2025 You will start in a cohort alongside your fellow Solicitor Apprentices and you will have a bespoke induction to give you the opportunity to meet other apprentices ahead of starting in your first seat.

We offer spaces to our Solicitor Apprentice Open Evening, This will be an opportunity for you to ask us any question you have about the programme and life at Mishcon de Reya. You will also meet some of our current Solicitor Apprentices and the Early Careers Team. For more details please click here.


Solicitor Apprentice - About the programme

Yes, we pay the full tuition fees.

We offer a competitive starting salary, for1st year Solicitor Apprentices the salary starts at £25,000. This salary will increase throughout the apprenticeship programme.

You will be entitled to the full range of staff benefits including:

  • Private medical care
  • Individual wellbeing fund
  • Income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Give as you earn scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan

You will spend 20% of your time (1 day per week) studying towards the LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice.

During the Apprenticeship Programme we will entrust you with a lot of responsibility, and fully support you in a variety of ways to ensure you reach your potential.

  • In each rotation you will be assigned a supervisor who will work with you on a daily basis, assigning you tasks and providing you with regular training and feedback.
  • The Early Careers Team will support you throughout your Mishcon journey, from the submission of your application through to qualification.
  • You will also be paired with a buddy who will be a current Apprentice. They will help you navigate through the first few months at Mishcon.
  • A senior Solicitor in the firm will act as your sponsor.  They will mentor you through the six year programme using their knowledge of Mishcon and the legal industry.
  • As well as technical legal training, the Mishcon Academy also provide you with all the professional and commercial skills required to make your apprenticeship a success.

Our tuition provider is The University of Law. They will provide all your academic training throughout the apprenticeship. You will spend 20% of your time (one day per week) studying towards the LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice.

Solicitor Apprentice Programme

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