Graduate Solicitor/SQE Apprenticeship

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Graduate Solicitor / SQE Apprenticeship

As well as tradtional training contracts, we have adopted the SQE route via a graduate apprenticeship for future trainees. Our graduate solicitor/SQE apprenticeship is for those who have completed their law degree, or those who have completed a non-law degree and the GDL.

You can apply for a graduate solicitor apprenticeship from the penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree (if you plan to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, or equivalent).

If you have already commenced study towards, or completed, your legal practice course (LPC) please see our Graduate Recruitment pages for information regarding Periods of Recognised Training/Training Contracts.

Our graduate solicitor apprenticeship will support you through the new pathway to qualification by completion of the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE1 and SQE2).

The apprenticeship will provide you with learning and development opportunities in order for you to qualify as a solicitor. One day each week will be off-the-job study with the four remaining days based in the workplace, and as part of the apprenticeship you will complete various work placements across different areas of the business.

What is the application process?

Applications will open when opportunities are available.

Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be invited to submit a short video presentation, the topic of which will be provided in advance.

Should you be successful after this stage you will be invited to a first face to face interview with the Graduate Recruitment Interview Panel.

Candidates successful after first interview will be invited to a final stage panel interview where a presentation will be required. Again, the topic will be provided in advance.

Summer vacation scheme

When applying for a trainee solicitor role you may also choose to be considered for a place on our summer vacation scheme. This week-long placement at one of our offices and been designed for those who are applying for a trainee solicitor position with the firm to gain some first-hand experience at Forbes.

You can apply for any of our schemes here.