Apprenticeships

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.

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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 AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk.  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 frances.mitchell@gordonsllp.com

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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.

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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:

 

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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Why I chose a law apprenticeship

I am often asked why I chose a law 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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Why I chose Gordons for my law apprenticeship

What is it like to do an apprenticeship at Gordons? When people find out you’re in practice at a law firm, you can guarantee that one of the first questions will be ‘What University did you go to?’. Whilst that seems like a logical question, for at least nine of us here at Gordons, we broke the mould and took a different path…

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My work experience week

As part of the selection process there is a week of work experience where you have one day in the Bradford office and the rest in Leeds office. Each day you are allocated a different department to work with for the day, completing different tasks which immediately give you a feel for what that particular department does.

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Apprenticeship Programme Q&A

Why did you decide to be an apprentice at Gordons? Gordons’ apprenticeship programme stood out from others. It was the first of its kind and, as well as winning multiple awards, it had produced two graduates.

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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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