Solicitor Apprenticeships

Qualify as a solicitor through our six-year apprenticeship programme. You will earn while you learn, gaining valuable experience from day one with no university fees to pay.

About our Solicitor Apprenticeships

Six-year programme Applications for 2022 are now open

We offer comprehensive career development, support and learning experiences across multiple practice groups within our dynamic law firm environment.

Our programme begins with targeted pre-joining events and a comprehensive induction helping to embed you into the firm from day one. You will be enrolled onto a law degree in Legal Practice and Skills (LLB) at the University of Law at a location appropriate to your apprenticeship. Following successful completion of your LLB you will be enrolled onto your Solicitors Qualifying Examinations (SQE). We will ensure that you become fully immersed into life at CMS, through gaining valuable, practical experience across many of our practice groups as well as providing you with world-class training and development opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to learn and work at the same time on your path to becoming a fully-qualified solicitor with us. Each week you will be given one day set aside for your studies.

 

Locations

Bristol, London, Manchester and Sheffield

Eligibility

School/College leavers require GCSE grades 4 or above with at least a 6 in Maths and English, plus A-Level grades at ABB (or equivalent)

Non-law graduates and career changers are also encouraged to apply

More information

Application deadlines

Applications are now open for our 2022 intake – Click here to apply

 

What to expect

Develop the practical legal and professional skills you need to thrive as a future facing solicitor while studying for a law degree and professional qualifications.

Earn while you learn

Ideal for all eligible students, including those who have other commitments, or can’t (or don’t want to) go to university.

Job security

This six-year course represents a long-term commitment to your future.

One programme, two qualifications

Obtain a law degree, pass the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations and qualify as a solicitor through the same programme.

Paid holidays

All our apprentices get 25 days’ paid holiday every year and are eligible for our comprehensive benefits package.

“The solicitor apprenticeship has allowed me to obtain early exposure to the legal industry and gain a deep understanding of how an international law firm operates. I could not have wished for a better firm to begin my career with. I would encourage anyone with a true interest in the legal sector to consider the apprenticeship scheme.”

Hannah Torpey Solicitor Apprentice

Qualifications and support

You will be supported from the outset by CMS and the University of Law in studying for your professional qualifications. We want you to excel in the outstanding six-year programme we have put together to prepare you for a successful career as a solicitor.

Salaries

Bristol starting salary

£19,000

London starting salary

£23,000

Manchester and Sheffield starting salary

£18,000

What you'll need

We look for the following in all applicants for our apprenticeship:

School Leavers

GCSEs:
Grades 4 or above are essential (A to C under the old system)
At least a 6 (Grade B) in Maths and English

A-Levels (or equivalent):
Grades ABB (or on track to get these).

Career changers

Will need to meet the above criteria.

Non-law graduates

Non-law graduates who have obtained a minimum of a 2:1 and have no legal work experience. Unfortunately, if you already have a law degree, you will not be eligible to apply as the first four years of the programme require the completion of an LLB in Legal Practice and Skills.

Application process

Interested in applying? Here’s an outline of the different stages involved.

Online application form

Online application form

An opportunity for us to start to get to know you, your educational background, work experience and interests and why you are interested in a career with CMS.

Critical thinking test

Critical thinking test

Designed to test your analytical reasoning and logic. Take a practice test here.

Video interview

Video interview

A short 15 minute interview where you will answer a series of pre-recorded questions.

Assessment day

Assessment day

Consists of a case-study, competency-based interview, a group exercise and an opportunity to meet other people from around the firm and learn more about CMS.

Any questions?

Take a look at our dedicated FAQs page