95% Government Funded

Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship

Duration: 2 years 6 Months

Study Mode: Online

Qualification Level: Post-Graduate

Eligibility: Learn More

Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship
Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship

Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship
Qualify As A Solicitor Via The New SQE Scheme

Key Features

SQE 1 & 2 exam costs (£4,564) and SQE preparation costs (over £7,200) are covered via 95% Government Funding

  • Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship
  • 80% on-the-job work, 20% off-the-job training and study
  • Legal foundation topics and skill modules available online
  • Online 1-2-1 meetings with your Progress Tutor to check on your progress and build a work-based portfolio
  • Finish the weekly assignments you submitted and get comments from your tutor
  • Prepares students for Parts 1 and 2 of the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (Learn more about the LPC vs SQE)
  • Following completion, subject to the SRA Character & Suitability test, become a qualified solicitor.
  • This apprenticeship prepares students for day 1 as a qualified solicitor. There is a particular focus on the skills of Interviewing, Advocacy, Case and Matter Analysis, Legal Research, Legal Writing and Drafting. Many other different skills and competencies are also developed through the programme

Level 7 Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship Progression Chart

Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship
Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship


Year 1

Functioning Legal Knowledge 1 (Business, Legal Services, Dispute Resolution)
Functioning Legal Knowledge 2 (Property Law and Practice, Wills, Solicitors’ Accounts, Criminal Practice)

SQE 1 Exam

Year 2

Client Interviewing
Advocacy/persuasive oral communication
Case and matter analysis
Legal research and written advice
Plus portfolio of work completed throughout training and optional modules

SQE 2 Exam (End Point Assessment)

Entrance Requirements

  • You must abide by the requirements of the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) in order to be eligible
  • 2.2 or above on a UK law bachelor’s degree or an LLB.
  • English and maths from the GCSE at Level C/4 or higher, or an equivalent. Please be aware that if you did not complete GCSE Math and English or do not have the required scores, you may need to take Functional Skills Math and English exams. (To discuss suitable equivalent qualifications, please contact us.)

Note: You must be eligible to live and work in the UK permanently because apprentices are considered employees.

As apprentices have employed status you must have the right to permanently live and work in the UK. Apprenticeships are not covered by student visas.

All aspiring solicitors in England and Wales must pass the Solicitors Qualifying Examinations.

For more information, please see the SRA’s website

Fees & Funding

The Education and Skills Funding agency (ESFA) has allocated funding to train thousands of professionals in work to gain further occupational qualifications. The ESFA provides 95% of the funding and your practice pays only 5%. As an approved registered government training provider Datalaw can take advantage of this funding on your firm’s behalf to provide legal qualifications.


Anyone with a 2.2 or above UK law bachelor’s degree or similar credentials is eligible to apply. To discuss suitable equivalent credentials, please get in touch with us.

You will be assigned a Progress Tutor and also have access to our resources and apprenticeship platforms.

The majority of apprentices work full-time jobs, however 20% of their time throughout the apprenticeship must be spent doing off-the job training for studying and learning.

At least one full day of study is required each week for the Solicitor Apprenticeship. Your employer and Law Apprenticeships will decide which day works best. Also, time needs to be set aside for online 1-2-1 meetings and webinars.

Not necessarily. An apprenticeship can be a worthy challenge that allows you to learn while earning real-world experience and abilities, but it also calls for resilience, organisation, and self-discipline.

The employer will decide on this. The specific employer should be consulted. Remember that apprentices are compensated for both their regular working hours and any associated training.

Apprenticeship Helpline: 0151 236 2024