Apprentice recruitment

If university isn’t the route for you, our paralegal trailblazer apprenticeship programme is a real alternative to starting your career in law.

From strong roots (Hill Dickinson was founded back in 1810) we’ve grown into a flourishing international full-service law firm with an excellent reputation and high-profile clients. Our legal apprentices will be playing a key role in the future of our firm, and we will support you along the way.  

There are 10 places on offer for our two-year training programme, starting in September 2017. Our small intake means that we have the resources to give you all the attention you need, and you’ll be valued, respected and given challenges and responsibilities from the start.

We are currently recruiting. Applications close on 30 April 2017 and there will be an assessment day in April 2017. Apply online.

About legal apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a mix of practical work and learning, designed to meet employers’ needs at a level equivalent to higher education.

There are a number of elements to each apprenticeship and this is called the framework. Each apprenticeship framework has three main strands:

  • Competence-based element
  • Technical element
  • Skills element

The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job.

Why choose an apprenticeship

Choosing an apprenticeship will give you:

  • a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to the first stages of advanced education;
  • a salary whilst you train;
  • a route to further training; and
  • transferable skills, which can help you progress to highly-skilled careers.

Useful links

  • Apply online 
Our trailblazer apprenticeship scheme

Our trailblazer apprenticeship programme is a two-year structured training programme. Based in our Liverpool or Manchester office, you join as a trainee paralegal and complete your nationally recognised CILex Level 3 in Legal Services Diploma - your first step in becoming a qualified lawyer or legal executive. You earn a salary while you train.

From day one, you’ll work in a busy legal team, shadowing lawyers, preparing court documents, conducting research, liaising with clients and doing general administration tasks.

The ideal candidate

What kind of person are we looking for?

If you’re interested in the legal industry and the business world, eager to learn, organised, a team player and a good communicator, we want to hear from you.

You will need to be on target to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level (or the equivalent) and want to continue your studies whilst working.

We recognise the importance of employing people from all sorts of backgrounds with different skills and interests, and aim to create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Frequently asked questions

Before you apply

What are your minimum academic requirements?
Our minimum requirements are BBB at A level or an equivalent qualification.

I don't meet your minimum academic requirements. Will I be rejected automatically?
No, we review each application on a case-by-case basis. If you have a particular reason why you haven’t achieved the minimum requirements (such as illness, for example), you will have the opportunity to include this information on your application form.

What do you look for other than good grades in a potential employee?
We are looking for individuals who have an interest in the legal industry and the business world, are eager to learn and want to study and work at the same time. We want effective communicators, good organisational skills, and team players who are also able to work independently.

Can I apply for the Hill Dickinson legal apprenticeship scheme if I’ve already graduated?
No, this programme is not open to graduates.

Is there an age limit for applicants?
No, we encourage applications from all ages, provided you meet our entry requirements.

The application process

How long does the application process take?
The application process usually takes a couple of months, from the date we open in February through to assessment centres in April - so please do bear with us!

Is there a deadline for applications?
Yes, for our 2017 intake the application deadline is 30 April 2017.

What happens after I’ve submitted my application form?
We assess all the applications, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to one of our July assessment days. The assessment day will consist of an interview, in-tray exercise and a group exercise. The successful candidates will then be offered a position.

The programme

When will I start the programme?
Successful candidates begin their two-year programme in September 2017.

Is it an alternative to university?
Yes, modern apprenticeships are a mix of practical work and learning, designed to meet employers’ needs and are at a level equivalent to higher education.

Will I be paid?
Yes, you will be paid £230 per week.

What training will I get?
You will complete your nationally recognised CILex Level 3 Diploma in Legal Services qualification, the first step to becoming a qualified lawyer or legal executive. You will learn and develop the specialist skills both we and our clients look for and value, while studying towards a professional qualification within a nationally recognised framework.

What career opportunities are open to me once the programme ends?
There will be a variety of opportunities, including paralegal and legal executive positions. There is also the potential for further study.

How to apply

Apply now – the deadline is 30 April 2017.