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ASPIRE Apprenticeship Programme

Trailblazer Legal Apprenticeships

What is it?

The Trailblazer level seven solicitor apprenticeships herald a new era in solicitor training. Offered in conjunction with BPP University Law School, they provide the chance to qualify as a solicitor following a six-year programme of work-based learning and part-time study. Qualification is based on assessment from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and will result in the award of an LLB.

Why would I want to do it?

Trailblazer level seven gives you the opportunity to qualify as a solicitor whilst earning a salary rather than paying the tuition fees required for full-time study. It also represents a chance to forge a long-term career at one of the world’s largest law firms whilst receiving an outstanding range of benefits including:

  • competitive starting salary of £17,200 in London and £15,200 outside London
  • 26 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy or sell holiday
  • employee recognition scheme
  • discounted gym membership options
  • pension scheme
  • subsidised staff restaurants on site
  • interest free season ticket loans
  • tax efficient bicycles and on site servicing
  • private medical insurance
  • life assurance
  • occupational health support
  • permanent health insurance
  • dental insurance

How does it work?

The apprenticeship training is delivered by BPP University Law School.

Eversheds Sutherland will support you with paid time off to attend classes together with study leave for assessments. By the end of the six-year programme, if you have passed the BPP University assessments you will get an LLB degree. You will also gain further Masters Level Seven credits which can be used towards an LLM or masters at BPP University.

In the workplace, you will carry out supervised work-based learning in order to meet the SRA’s competence statement and will produce a work-based assessment portfolio. In addition to examinations throughout the apprenticeship, there will also be an SRA centralised assessment that you will need to pass to qualify as a solicitor. 

On successful completion of your apprenticeship you will move into an appropriate non-apprentice role in your team at Eversheds Sutherland. We would discuss further development and study needs as appropriate.

See more of what our apprentices have to say here.

What will I study?

You will study a range of modules online and face-to-face covering the subjects currently required by a qualifying law degree as well as vocational practice areas and skills.

The modules you will study will be based upon those modules which typically make up a law degree such as Introduction to Practice, English Legal Systems & Research, Contract Law, Public Law, Criminal Law, Tort Law, Land Law and Equity and Trusts. You will also study those modules which typically make up the Legal Practice Course such as Business Law and Practice, Property, Litigation, Wills and Administration of Estates.

Our apprentices study for one day a week with BPP. This is currently Mondays. The learning is mostly interactive e-learning with other apprentices. Every three weeks, our apprentices attend their local BPP centre to have a day of face to face skills sessions.

Throughout the six-year programme, our apprentices will complete a portfolio of work. This will show their development throughout the six-year programme.

What are you looking for in a candidate?

Our Trailblazer level seven solicitor apprenticeship is available to people with a minimum of five GCSE grades A-C (including Maths and English) who are expecting good A-level results, equivalent to at least 120 UCAS points (BBB), excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

As a firm, our core values are teamwork, being client centred, continuous improvement, accountability, straightforwardness and mutual respect. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate these values and show a passion for the firm and their chosen apprentice route.

Recruitment Process

Recruitment Process

Stage 1: An application form is completed on-line.

Stage 2: Competency based video interview. For more information about our video interview, please click here.

Stage 3: Selection day includes a group exercise, two written exercises and a short interview with an Eversheds Sutherland Lawyer. For more information about face to face interviews, please click here.about our video interview, please click here.

The selection day will also be made up of two online tests – a multiple choice test and an essay-based question. You will not be able to prepare for these tests. Listen to and read the instructions carefully and focus on managing your time effectively during these tests.

The final aspect of the day will be a group assessment. In preparation for the day, consider your role within a team and how best you can demonstrate your team skills. Listen to your other team members, pay attention to their contributions by nodding, smiling and making eye contact. Be professional, speak clearly, confidently, concisely and not too fast.

How do I apply?

We are now open to applications for our 2018 apprenticeship programme. The deadline is 11:59pm on 10 December 2017. Apply now.

Who do I contact if I have any further queries?

Should you have any queries on our apprenticeship programme, please contact us at