Do you want to be part of an innovative new way to become a lawyer?  We are looking for bright and determined school leavers who have a desire and a passion to work in the legal profession to join our business as law apprentices and work to become chartered legal executive lawyers.


Find out more about our apprenticeships


If you are leaving school and looking to get into a career with great prospects then Gordons Apprenticeship Programme could be for you. You could be one of our partners of the future.

We established the Programme to open up a career in law to school leavers who would not otherwise have the opportunity to enter the profession. We are committed to encouraging diversification into the legal profession. The introduction of an alternative from the usual University route means that there is a much wider range of potential candidates from different backgrounds.

Our law apprenticeships in Bradford and Leeds are aimed at bright candidates who have completed their A levels but would prefer a more practical way of gaining qualifications rather than going to University.

You need the drive and ability to work and learn at the same time.

The Programme involves working with us full time as well as studying at College one night a week to gain the Chartered Legal Executive qualification.

We welcome candidates for our law apprenticeships who have shown evidence of determination and willingness to overcome challenges, and particularly those who are the first member of their family to apply to higher education (excluding older brothers and sisters).

Why choose Gordons for your law apprenticeship?

Our award-winning legal apprenticeship programme in Bradford and Leeds was the first of its kind and this year was highly commended by The Law Society for our excellence in diversity and inclusion.

We were the first law firm featured in the UK’s top 30 higher apprenticeship employers and in the top 100 employers for school and college, which is recognised by  In 2019, we are still highly ranked in both areas as well as being a finalist of the ‘Top Employer – Law’ category.

How to apply for our law apprenticeships in Leeds and Bradford

For more information, and to find out if you’re the applicant we’re looking for, watch the video above and download our Apprenticeship Programme Guide and Job Description

Applications for our September 2019 intake have now closed.

Applications for our September 2020 intake will open in December 2019. Further details will appear on this web page at that time.

If you have any further questions, please contact Frances Mitchell on 0113 227 0210 or by email to

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Don’t just take our word for it

In 2017 The Law Society recognised the quality of the Gordons Apprenticeship Programme and the firm’s commitment to making the legal profession accessible to everyone.  As a result, we were highly commended in the Diversity & Inclusion category of The Law Society Excellence Awards.


Don’t just take our word for it:


Life as a Gordons law apprentice

To find out what it’s really like to be a law apprentice at Gordons take a look at our apprentice blogs:


Why I chose an apprenticeship

"I am often asked why I chose an apprenticeship. The truth is I was never 100 per cent sold on the idea of going to university because I was ready to get stuck into the world of work. I was initially sceptical about apprenticeships because I didn't want to be handicapped by not obtaining a degree. An apprenticeship in law offered me the ideal alternative...

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My time as a Gordons apprentice

I have been at Gordons for over 4 years as an Apprentice Legal Executive. I have spent that time focussing on two different disciplines, originally commercial property and then moving to specialise in construction whilst simultaneously studying for my CILEx Level 3 and Level 6 exams, with the aim of becoming a Chartered Legal Executive. It is fair to say that with the long days of studying, working, and networking, that time has really flown by.

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How apprenticeships can make a career in law more accessible

When the time comes to leave school, deciding on whether to go to university or not can seem a daunting decision. But if you’re looking for a career in law, there’s an alternative accessible route which enables you to gain valuable work experience and earn money, whilst studying...

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Women in law: the next generation

At Gordons, we’re extremely proud of our award-winning apprenticeship scheme, offering the next generation of legal minds an alternative route into a career in law. The first two graduates from the Gordons Apprenticeship Programme were both promising women - Bryony Rigby and Megan Boldison...

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