Minimum 5 GCSEs (or other equivalent qualification), at grade C or 4 or above including Maths and English Level 2. Minimum 3 A-Levels (or other equivalent qualification), at grade C or 4 or above.
Our apprentice programmes offer a great start to a professional services career. Combining academic studies with work-based learning, you’ll earn as you learn and gain a professional qualification. Once you gain a Level 3 Apprenticeship, doors open to pursue further qualifications and career opportunities.
Combining academic studies with work-based learning, you’ll earn as you learn and gain a professional qualification.
As a Finance, Business Administration, or Responsible Business Apprentice, you would be working within a range of our Business Operations teams, providing vital business support to the rest of the firm. You will be working alongside experienced colleagues who will support you in your day-to-day work and help you reach your career goals. As well as gaining real business experience, you’ll also spend 20% of your time in off-the-job learning, either in small groups, face-to-face or from remote tutors.
This may lead to an opportunity to progress onto a higher-level apprenticeship and/or secure a permanent role at Pinsent Masons.
Our Business Operations Apprenticeships are currently advertised on an ad hoc basis so please keep an eye on our Early Talent Careers page.
A paralegal is a highly-valued member of a legal team that has extensive knowledge of the law and legal matters, but is not a qualified lawyer. Paralegals undertake a wide variety of administrative and legal work. A paralegal’s role is to support the lawyers in their work, and they can choose to specialise in a specific area of the law.
As an Apprentice Paralegal, you’ll join our Vario Paralegal Centre of Excellence, working alongside experienced paralegals and lawyers on client projects. Your specific experience will depend on the practice area you join (Employment & Reward, Corporate, Property, Banking & Restructuring, Intellectual Property, Litigation), but you’ll make a genuine contribution and will be continuously learning.
As a Paralegal Apprentice, alongside your studies, you can expect to be asked to do a wide variety of work. Some of it will be more administrative in nature, particularly in the early days of your career. Legal work will include helping to manage the documentation that is required in legal matters, including creating bundles of documents that will be used in court; drafting of legal documents such as contracts, settlement agreements and legal pleadings; legal research; helping to create and maintain template documents (precedents) that will be used in legal transactions; taking minutes and writing up notes for meetings or legal proceedings.
As well as enjoying mentoring and support from your team, you’ll also spend 20% of your time studying to meet the academic requirements of your apprenticeship qualification. Once you complete your apprenticeship, you could progress your career in a variety of directions, including becoming a Paralegal. You may also want to work towards one of the promoted roles within the Paralegal Centre of Excellence, including Senior Paralegal or Team Lead.
If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.
As well as contributing to high-quality work, we want you to have the best possible apprenticeship experience. So, throughout your programme, you can look forward to:
With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.
We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.
With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.
You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.
You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.
You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.
You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.
You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.
We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline. The below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.
Hear from Alex Barry, 4th year Solicitor Apprentice within Finance and Projects based in Manchester and her supervisor Simon Stubbs, Senior Associate with Pinsent Masons, as they share their experiences and discuss benefits of apprenticeships.
Nicole joined Pinsent Masons as an Apprentice Paralegal and celebrates a recent promotion. Read about Nicole’s chosen career, her thoughts about the apprenticeship route, and her achievements.
I have had the pleasure of supervising junior lawyers, trainees and vacation placement students for a number of years now and I can honestly say that it is one of the highlights of my job.