Level 3 units studied:
- Client Care
- Introduction to Law
- Contract Law
- Civil Litigation
- Legal Research
- Land Law
- Employment Law
A portfolio of evidence from work will be prepared over the first 18 months of the course. This will include drafting legal documents, communication and legal research.
Two time assessments in conveyancing will also be met.
Apprentices also study:
- Functional skills
- Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)
- Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
Duration and Delivery
Joseph joined South London Legal Partnership as a Legal Apprentice in October 2014. He had completed A Levels at Nightingale Academy in Law, Media and French and gained Level 3 qualifications in Law and Science alongside these.
Joseph was all set to pursue a career in Law via a degree at Surrey University but having heard about a Legal Apprenticeship opportunity, with South London Legal Partnership which included studying for formal qualifications at Kingston College, he decided to apply for this. When he was offered the Apprenticeship he weighed up the benefits of each pathway and felt that the Apprenticeship would lead him to the same final qualification in the legal profession whilst giving him diverse practical experience of a range of different areas of law. Joseph would also be earning a wage whilst studying rather than taking out Student Finance loans.
Joseph currently spends a day at Kingston College every fortnight and one evening every week completing the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Legal Services. This gives him the opportunity to step back from the hectic day to day practical element of working in a busy legal department, to focus on the theoretical concepts of law. The course at College also incorporates a number of trips including the Houses of Parliament, law firms, Legal London including Old Bailey, Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court and Supreme Courts.
When he has completed the Legal Apprenticeship, Joseph hopes to continue with the CILEx Level 6 course to qualify as a Legal Executive and from there to take an MA, then to qualify as a solicitor. Ultimately his ambition is to combine being a lawyer with being a retail business owner.
Joseph says of his experience to date: “The College tutors are very helpful and supportive, the lessons are enjoyable, I learn a lot in the time that I have. The lessons are always well organised and sometimes we have law related discussions that help you think outside the box.
The firm where I work provides the legal services for a number Local Authorities. Working in the Property, Employment and Contracts Team for 4 ½ months has exposed me to a variety of areas of law at once, from drafting legal documents to attending court and getting involved with other legal matters. I am currently in the Litigation and Planning team. I would advise anyone wanting to join the legal sector to try and get some experience in the field because the practical side of law is very different to the theoretical side and an Apprenticeship is ideal as it provides experience of both.”
Information for Employers
There has been no better time to employ an apprentice! Having a nationally agreed structured training programme will help organisations to:-
• Fill skills gaps.
• Help to recruit and retain high calibre staff.
• Motivate the workforce because they feel more valued.
• Widen access and improve the diversity of the workforce.
• Be viewed as a ‘learning organisation’ investing in the future of the workforce.
• Promoting staff loyalty to the organisation.
• You may also be entitled to an Employer Grant to assist you.
• Progression to Level 6 CILEX course to continue their studies.
An employer contribution will be required (government incentive payments may be available)