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.
If you are leaving school and looking for a career with great prospects, then the Gordons Law Apprenticeship could be for you. You could be one of our partners of the future.
We started the apprenticeship to open up a career in law to school leavers who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do so. We are committed to encouraging diverse routes into the legal profession. The introduction of an alternative from the usual university route means that we can welcome applications from a much wider range of candidates from different backgrounds.
Our law apprenticeships in Leeds and Bradford 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 great determination, as well as the ability to work and learn at the same time.
The apprenticeship involves working with us full time, as well as studying at college one evening a week to gain the Chartered Legal Executive qualification.
We welcome candidates who have shown determination to overcome challenges, and particularly those who are the first member of their family to apply to higher education (excluding older siblings).
Why choose Gordons for your law apprenticeship?
Our award-winning legal apprenticeship in Leeds & Bradford was the first of its kind and in 2017 was highly commended by The Law Society for 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 leavers, which is recognised by AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk. We have been highly ranked every year, becoming a finalist in 2019 in the ‘Top Employer – Law’ award category and winning the award for “Best Skills Development” in 2020.
How to apply
Applications for our September 2021 intake are now closed. Check back here in January 2022 for details of how to apply for next year’s intake.
Key dates (subject to change):
- Online applications open: January 2022
- Applications closing date – End of April
- Interviews (part 1 selection process) – May half term
- Work experience placement (part 2 selection process) – July 2022
- Apprenticeship offered (conditional on grades) – August 2022
- Apprenticeship starts – September 2022
If you have any questions please contact us.
Don’t just take our word for it
In 2017 The Law Society recognised the quality of the Gordons Law Apprenticeship 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:
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Eight years on...
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