Legal Assistant Programme
Are you a standout individual? At Freeths, we are committed to guiding our talented graduates to be the best they can be. As well as developing your career, you will find a dynamic environment where your skills are truly valued. Be part of our ambitious plans for the future by applying to our Legal Assistant Programme.
Our Legal Assistant programme allows you to gain grass roots experience of working in a legal environment alongside our talented lawyers. You will provide a combination of administrative and legal support to Trainees, Lawyers and Partners, which means that you get a true picture of what a career in law could offer you in the long term. We are looking for outstanding Legal Assistants with excellent academics, first class organisation, with the ability to build lasting relationships and have a flexible and can-do attitude to contribute and succeed with us.
Legal Assistant positions are initially for 6 months. We review performance at three monthly intervals; at the 6 month mark we are assessing performance and attitude with a view to offering a second 6 month contract. At the 9 month stage, we make a decision on whether to offer funding for the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations and a further contract to enable you to complete your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and this will be delivered through a graduate level Apprenticeship.
Successful Legal Assistants will then enrol onto the Graduate Apprenticeship and this means starting the formal training. This will involve working at Freeths four days a week and studying one day a week at the University of Law to prepare for and take the SQE 1 and SQE 2. You will have the option to make the apprenticeship up to a Masters qualification. The apprenticeship will last 25 months and during that period, you will rotate seats in different areas of law whilst completing your QWE.
Once you have completed our Graduate Apprenticeship and passed your exams you will be ready to qualify!
Can I apply for the Legal Assistant Programme if I am a non-law graduate?
Yes! If you are successful at your 9 month review, we will fund the PGDL. You will complete the PGDL part-time before commencing the Graduate Apprenticeship.
Can I apply for the Legal Assistant Programme if I have already completed the LPC?
Yes. If you are successful at your 9-month review, we will offer a two-year training contract to you.
When should I apply?
We recruit Legal Assistants on a rolling basis throughout the year. We request that candidates apply towards the end of their degree, we will then consider your application for positions we have available at that time and if you are successful, you will join us upon graduation.