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Types of Apprenticeships

Types of Apprenticeships

Legal Services Apprenticeship

An Apprentice completing the Advanced Apprenticeship will study CILEx’s Legal Services qualifications, which have been specially developed to meet the needs of the Apprentices.  These consist of an ‘on the job’ competence qualification and the choice of a range of ‘off the job’ knowledge qualifications. 

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship 

Level Level 3, equivalent to A-level standard.
Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship. However many employers will expect a high standard of literacy and numeracy e.g. GCSE grades A*-C, A-levels, or be able to prove ability to work at this level, such as experience gained through employment or voluntary work.
Suitable for School leavers, career changers. May be used by employers looking to develop fee-earning potential in a specific role, and/or employers looking to develop/standardise aspects of a functionalised approach to an activity.
Length of time to complete 18+ months.
Cost Free if under 19. 19 - 23 employer contribution expected, 24+ government funding unavailable.
Progression The units of the Level 3 knowledge qualification are also part of the CILEx Level 3 Professional qualification. This means accrual of units towards the chosen Level 3 Legal Services qualification is also accrual of units towards the Level 3 Professional qualification and progression towards qualification as a Chartered Legal Executive. Find out more about how the Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services slots in to the CILEx Level 3 Professional qualification.

Employers and training providers can find out more in our factsheet and by visiting FAQs for Employers.

Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship

An apprentice completing the Paralegal Trailblazer Apprenticeship will receive regular training from an Apprenticeship training provider.  Their programme of learning will be developed and agreed by their employer and the training provider.  So each apprentices experience will be different but the training programme could include recognised qualifications such as those offered by CILEx.

Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship

An apprentice completing the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship will complete the Level 3 and Level 6 CILEx Professional qualifications (or certain alternatives such as a qualifying law degree) as part of the Apprenticeship. In addition they will be required to pass an end point assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship.

Other apprenticeships

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship: Legal Administration

The Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Legal Administration is already being used by many legal organisations. It contains a competence unit on administering legal case files and a technical unit on the legal environment. It is ideal for a process/legal administration role, and is set at GCSE/AS level. Further details can be found on the City & Guilds website.

Level Level 2, equivalent to GCSE standard.
Suitable for School leavers.
Length of time to complete 12 months.
Cost Free if under 19. 19 - 23 employer contribution expected, 24+ government funding unavailable.
Progression To CILEx qualification. Or Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services or Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Administration.

More information/Contact us

Find out more information about apprenticeships in England or apprenticeships in Wales.

To find out more information about how employing a Legal Apprentice may benefit your firm, please email your enquiry to: membership@cilex.org.uk

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