Solicitor Apprenticeships

We are truly passionate about providing talented young people the opportunity to pursue a career in law. Through our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme, we will provide world-class training, ongoing development and financial support that will allow you to realise your full potential.

If you’re interested in a career in commercial law but don’t see yourself going to university then our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme may be for you. This programme is aimed at Year 13 students (or equivalent) and school leavers without a degree. The programme is open to anyone regardless of their socio-economic background.

We are proud to be launching this new initiative at Linklaters. Our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme is a fantastic way for us to provide new opportunities for talented young people across the UK. We are passionate about increasing access to the legal profession to students of all backgrounds. Fionnghuala Griggs, Trainee Recruitment Partner

Programme details

Location: London.

Start date: September 2023.

Length of contract: Six years (four years as an Apprentice and two years as a Trainee).

Salary: £25,000 first year (then increasing every year) plus an initial sign-on of £1500 to get you started.

Work/study pattern: One day study/four days on-the-job training per week.

Qualifications to be obtained at the end of the programme: LLB Law Degree and qualification as an England & Wales Solicitor (through the SQE).

Eligibility: Predicted AAB at A-Level or equivalent; please note we will review each application in detail and take extenuating circumstances into account if you have not met this benchmark. Applicants must not have completed a degree and must have the right to work in the UK.

Apply: Please click here to apply. Applications are open from 16 December 2022 - 13 March 2023. 


How it works

You’ll spend one day per week at university studying towards your degree. As a student you will attend sessions, workshops and events aimed at providing you with all the necessary knowledge to complete your qualification.

The rest of the week you’ll be working in our London office, where you will receive on-the-job training and learn the key skills you need to become a successful legal professional. You’ll be assigned to a legal practice area and will rotate every 12 months during the first four years to provide you with the opportunity to get to know different teams and different areas of commercial law. Throughout the six years, you’ll attend Linklaters’ legal training courses and have access to professional development sessions and events.

In each department, a Principal (a senior lawyer) will be on hand to train and supervise you. There will also be mentors and buddies available throughout the six years to provide career guidance and support to help you succeed!


Benefits and support

  •      Starting salary of £25,000 (increases annually)
  •      Sign on bonus £1,500
  •      27 days annual leave (plus birthday leave)
  •      Health insurance
  •      Subsidised office restaurant
  •      Transport loan
  •      Health and wellbeing resources and memberships


Application and assessment process

  1.  Online application (basic information and a motivation question - please note, we do not require a CV or cover letter)
  2.  Online test (Watson Glaser critical thinking test - further guidance can be found here), we strongly encourage you to take as many practice tests as you can before embarking on the real test. For your application to be fully considered, please complete this test in one sitting.
  3.  Phone interview (a short phone call interview with a member of the Early Careers team at Linklaters)
  4.  In-person assessment day

Shortlisted candidates will take part in an in-person assessment day in our London office. We will support with travel arrangements. During the day, you'll take part in a role play exercise and interviews. You'll also get to meet a number of people at the firm and tour our offices. We will provide detailed feedback to all applicants attending the assessment day. 

We will also provide further information about each stage of the application process as you progress. If you'd like to contact a member of the Early Careers team about our application process, or require any reasonable adjustments, please email us at


  • Application deadline: 11.59pm on 13 March 2023

    Please click here to apply.