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, which includes the Solicitor Qualifying Exams (SQE1&2), 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 work 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.

Want to know more about our Solicitor Apprentice recruitment process

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

You can also read our Solicitor Apprentice Handbook.

Solicitor Apprentice recruitment process – how do I apply?

If you are perusing this page then it may be that you are looking at Solicitor Apprentice opportunities in the future at Sintons. Our recruitment process to join us in September 2024 is now closed.

Please check our website in early 2025 for further details of future recruitment.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in Sintons.