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Legal Services Apprenticeships

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Careers in legal services are varied. They include paralegals, chartered legal executives, solicitors, licensed conveyancers and conveyancing technicians, all of which are available through legal services apprenticeships.

Legal services apprenticeships that exist now include:

The conveyancing technician apprenticeship

The role

Conveyancing Technicians work under the direct supervision of an authorised Person, a qualified individual authorised by an approved regulator to carry on reserved legal activities

What you’ll learn

How to:

  • provide a recognised professional level of support in a legal office environment
  • to use appropriate legal methods to research, request, complete and submit legal forms
  • to manage legal files and effectively use client case management and accounting systems; be confident to handle and deal with client(s) and third party(s) enquiries;
  • to be proficient at building professional third party relationships
  • how to operate effectively in a team contributing to ideas as well as towards business targets.

Entry requirements / who this legal apprenticeship is suitable for

Successful Apprentices will hold a formally recognised qualification at Level 4 relevant to their work as a Conveyancing Technician

The Licensed conveyancer apprenticeship

The role

Licensed Conveyancers are specialist property lawyers who deal with all legal matters relating to the transfer of ownership of land or property from a seller to a buyer; as well as legal advice and/or work carried out in connection with any transaction that creates, varies, transfers or discharges a legal or equitable interest in any real property.

What you’ll learn

How to:

  • uphold the firms policies and procedures and The Regulator’s Codes of Conduct
  • deliver professionally and ethically satisfactory outcomes on behalf of the client(s) and the business
  • manage a complex case load of property and land transactions
  • provide professional supervision to others; including but not limited to Conveyancing Technicians.

Entry requirements / who this apprenticeship is suitable for

Successful Apprentices will hold a formally recognised qualification at Level 6 relevant to their work as a Licensed Conveyancer.

The paralegal apprenticeship

The role

A paralegal provides legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be carried out, but are not exclusive to this role include:

  • Managing data/records
  • Reviewing documents
  • Drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms
  • Assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
  • Carrying out research
  • Handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Understand and utilise basic financial information · Communicating (written and oral) with internal and external clients

What you’ll learn

Throughout the apprenticeship you will develop and will:

  • an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the role.
  • undertake legal and factual research and present the findings accurately and clearly.
  • use precedents and draft documents, using plain and succinct language.
  • assist with legal matters and transactions.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. Our recommendation of entry requirements is below: GCSE Maths & English – grade C or above (or equivalent). 2 x A Level (or equivalent) – minimum grade C

The chartered legal executive apprenticeship

The role

Chartered legal executives provide legal services to internal and external clients. Typical activities that will be carried out are:

  • Taking client instructions
  • Managing the inception, progression and completion of client matters
  • Communication (written and oral) with internal and external clients
  • Reviewing documents
  • Drafting and producing legal documents
  • Conducting and applying legal research
  • Handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Managing and applying financial information
  • Negotiating on behalf of clients and representing clients in informal and formal proceedings
  • Making decisions in legal matters based on legal principles or the rule of law and within all legal and regulatory requirements

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However it is recommended that students have a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (including English Language or Literature) or equivalent qualifications. Individual employers may identify any additional relevant entry requirements for employment in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria.

The solicitor apprenticeship

The role

This role has responsibility for providing legal advice to clients through:

  • acting ethically, with professionalism and judgement;
  • progressing legal matters and transactions;
  • applying legal knowledge and commercial judgement to produce solutions which meet clients’ needs and address their commercial or personal circumstances;
  • deploying the full range of legal skills – research, interviewing and advising, advocacy,
  • negotiation, drafting, communicating orally and in writing;
  • establishing and maintaining effective and professional relationships with clients and other people; and
  • managing themselves and their own work effectively.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. Our recommended minimum entry requirements are:  5 GCSEs, including mathematics & English – grade C or above (or equivalent); 3 A Levels (or equivalent) – minimum grade C. And / or: Relevant employer- led work experience; Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation – Business Administration, Legal Services, Providing Financial Services; Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation – Legal Services, Professional Services, and Providing Financial Services (may be entitled to exemptions from training); Paralegal Apprenticeship (may be entitled to exemptions from training); Legal Executive Apprenticeship (may be entitled to exemptions from training); Law Degree/ Graduate Diploma in Law / Legal Practice Course (entitled to exemptions from training).

Legal Services Apprenticeships in development

Probate technician

The role of a Probate Technician is to support the fee earning activities of a principal probate practitioner by working on a brief defined by the supervisor to action legal and tax procedures related to the administration of an estate.

Probate Technicians work under the direct supervision of an Authorised Person, e.g. a Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) Licensed Probate Practitioner, a Solicitor, or a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives or equivalent. Achieving the apprenticeship will enable you to build a professional career in probate law and work on a range of standard matters. You will be competent to manage a case load of non-inheritance tax and non-complex estates either fully administering the estate or dealing with parts of the process.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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