Apprenticeship Process

Our Legal Apprenticeship Explained

Our Legal Apprenticeship Explained

Flexibility & Opportunity 

At Jones Day in London we offer our apprentices the flexibility of an initial 2 year Paralegal Apprenticeship with the opportunity to progress to a further 5 year (degree incorporating) Solicitor Apprenticeship. So, during your first 2 years as a Paralegal Apprentice, you obtain an excellent understanding of the work of a lawyer in a global, commercial law firm before you commit to the further 5 year Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Earn & Learn 

You will mix academic learning, at BPP University Law School (one day a week), with “on the job” learning at our offices within our legal teams (four days a week), with a view to achieving a Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Services as well as the Paralegal Apprenticeship. Jones Day will sponsor and support your study and pay you a regular weekly wage for your work at the Firm.


If you successfully achieve both the Paralegal Apprenticeship and Certificate of Higher Education, we anticipate our apprentices will enter a further 5 year, degree-incorporating, Solicitor Apprenticeship which will enable you to continue working at Jones Day, within the apprenticeship framework, whilst studying for an LLB Hons Law Degree as well as the two-part Solicitors' final centralized assessment – the Solicitors’ Qualifying Examination (SQE).


In the last 2 years of the Solicitor Apprenticeship, we intend our Solicitor Apprentices to integrate with our graduate trainees in our distinct, non-rotational training scheme so that apprentices undertake trainee equivalent work and our apprentice learning programme is mapped to our trainee learning programme at BPP University Law School.

7 Years to Qualification 

If you successfully complete both the 2 year Paralegal Apprenticeship and the 5 year Solicitor Apprenticeship, you will qualify as a solicitor after a total of 7 years' work-based learning, knowledge, skills training and assessments and all whilst earning a salary. The usual alternative university route is 6 or 7 years depending on whether a law or non-law degree is studied. The usual law degree route comprises a 3 year law degree course, one year law school course and two year training period: the usual non-law degree route comprises a 3 year non-law degree course, two years law school course and two year training period.

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