Solicitor Apprenticeship

We believe Sintons is the ideal place to start your legal career. If you’re looking for an opportunity to become a solicitor but you are worried about the university fees, why not consider a solicitor apprenticeship in an award-winning law firm, regarded as one of the very best in the North of England, which is known for the close and supportive working environment it offers.

Starting a solicitor apprenticeship with us is just the beginning of your legal career and we will work with you to enable you to be the best lawyer you can be; after all, you are the future of our firm. You will benefit from working alongside some of the leading lawyers in their field, regionally and nationally, and will be supported every step of the way on your way to qualification.

Sintons are proud to be part of the North East Solicitor Apprenticeship (NESA) which was the first of its kind in the North East. The scheme and partnership has been hailed for its unique and innovative approach into opening up the legal profession to young people.

Our six-year programme allows you to study for an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice to qualify as a solicitor whilst working and being paid a salary, without having to pay the university fees. Throughout the six years you will working four days a week and spend one day studying with Northumbria University. You will work in at least four different legal departments over the six years which will offer experience of a full range of work. Your first two years are likely to be in the same department to help you settle and get to grips with the world of work while studying.

The apprenticeship combines practical work-based learning with formal study. You will gain valuable, real-life experience, enhancing your commercial understanding and growing your confidence in a work environment.

We work very closely as a firm, and while we are split into a number of departments, everyone knows everyone else. We pride ourselves on the close working relationships we have throughout Sintons. Our group of trainee solicitors and solicitor apprentices take a lead in our firm-wide fundraising efforts, on behalf of our nominated firm charity, which will give you a chance to get to know our firm and our people very quickly.

Solicitor Apprentice Recruitment process – how do I apply?

If you are interested in a solicitor apprenticeship, then we would love to hear from you. You must have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least ABB at A-Level (or equivalent) (128 UCAS points), as well as a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent), including Maths and English, grades C/5 or above.

We will be holding a virtual information event on 4 May 2021 with Northumbria University and the other law firms involved with NESA. Please see use the following link to to book a place if you would like to attend.

Please complete the online application form via the following link. If you are shortlisted to the next stage by the NESA Consortium of law firms, you will be invited to a recruitment assessment on 9 June 2021. Firms will then shortlist candidates for assessment at the individual firms which will take place in July (exact timings to be confirmed by each firm).

A summary of our timeline is:

4 May 2021Virtual Information Event with Northumbria University and the law firms involved with NESA
14 May 2021Window to apply closes
9 June 2021Those shortlisted to the next stage will be invited to a remote assessment with the NESA consortium of law firms
July (TBC)For those successful to the next stage, they will be invited to an assessment at Sintons
29 July 2021Offers of employment confirmed
6 August 2021Offers of employment to be accepted
13 September 2021Start date at Sintons, alongside trainee solicitors

Now is a great time to join Sintons. We are a strong and ambitious law firm, which won an unprecedented five awards at the Northern Law Awards 2019, including the overall Law Firm of the Year. We are also continually recognised for our strength and capability throughout the business, most recently by Legal 500 2021 and Chambers 2020, which hailed Sintons as a stand-out specialist advisor in the North of England in many key areas of the firm.

Our solicitor apprentices and trainees are on twitter, follow @SintonsTrainees to see what they are up to or to ask for advice.

Finally, please take a few moments to read our Solicitor Apprentice Handbook.