Think you need to go to university to start your career in law? Think again...
For some school and college leavers, ambition can't wait. We realise that some young people want to get their career started as soon as possible and our apprenticeship programmes make it easier for you to do just that.
We offer school leavers and those who choose not to go to University the opportunity to gain formal professional qualifications and a role in the legal profession through paid, on-the-job training.
Our first apprenticeship programme was launched in 2014 and since then we've gone from strength to strength. Our proudest moment came in January 2017 when we won Best Large Newcomer at the National Apprenticeship Awards – fantastic recognition of the investment we’ve put into our Paralegal Apprenticeship. We're continuing to build on our successes by rolling out apprenticeship programmes in many areas of our business.
If you're an ambitious school leaver who is interested in pursuing a career in the legal sector, we offer some fantastic opportunities to become a part of a business that genuinely wants to invest in your development and support your career aspirations.
Not a school leaver and not sure of your options?
Perhaps you are not a school leaver but someone interested in an apprenticeship and not sure what your options are. Do not think that our apprenticeship schemes are solely aimed at school leavers, if you are interested in upskilling, get in touch.
Full details of our current apprenticeship opportunities can be found via our vacancies (UK) page and information about our Solicitor and Paralegal Apprencticeship vacancies is available below.
Our recruitment process
Each of our apprenticeship programmes are unique and that means that our recruitment process needs to reflect the demands of each individual team. Whatever the process, the recruitment team are here to help you through every stage, and that's particularly important to us if this is your first ever recruitment process – we all know how daunting that can be!
However, we think you'll soon realise that it's not! We're firmly of the view that recruitment is a two way process and we want you to feel as enthused about our business at the end of it, as we do. Use this time to find out more about our culture, the role you're applying for, what your development opportunities are going to be. Ask questions and be convinced that we're the right place for you to start your career.
To get the best out of you, we have a number of steps to our recruitment process which typically involves:
- an application form allowing you the opportunity to tell us all about the amazing person that you are, and why you're interested in our apprenticeship
- a video interview, but don't panic, our questions are not designed to be challenging but to get a better understanding of who you are and why this route is so appealing
- a face-to-face interview with two friendly interviewers who's questioning is designed to put you at ease and get the best out of you.
For some of our apprenticeships you might be asked to attend a work placement, designed not just so that we can assess you, but so that you can be absolutely sure this is the right route for you. We know for some young people this is their big first career decision, and it's important you make the right one for you.
What we're looking for
We’re looking for bright and enthusiastic individuals who are motivated by team goals and not individual ones. You'll have a good academic record and ideally some previous customer service experience. Great communication skills, written and verbal, are a must too as well as strong organisational skills enabling you to juggle the demands of study and work. Most important is the desire for continued learning, sound like you? Then we want to hear from you.
Salary and benefits
We work hard to ensure that remuneration is competitive and our approach to salaries and benefits is consistent and fair, that's why all our apprentices join on the same competitive benefits as everyone else.
We have an annual pay review which usually takes place in November and our benefits scheme is flexible allowing our people to mix and match their benefits to suit their current personal circumstances, these include:
- Option to buy and sell holiday
- Pension contributions
- Private medical insurance and dental cover
- Life assurance
- Corporate gym membership
- Christmas savings club
- Travel loans and discounted car parking schemes
- Firm wide bonus scheme in recognition of exceptional performance
Your career at WBD
The quality of training at Womble Bond Dickinson is second to none. Well, that's certainly what our people tell us. Our supervisors are trained and fully supported on an on-going basis. You'll have access to high quality work and regular training opportunities.
As an apprentice you'll be allocated a supervisor and a mentor, and of course you'll have a peer group of apprentices across the business to help guide and support you through your programme. We're keen that you experience a broad variety of work not only to help develop your skills, but to give you real insight into your chosen career. We're absolutely committed to your development and will work with you to fulfil your potential.
In addition to your formal apprenticeship training, and the on-the-job learning, you'll also have access to our apprenticeship development programme which has been designed to give you the crucial business skills that will set you up for a successful future career.
Would you like to qualify as a solicitor within six years, without the associated costs of university?
Hit the ground running with a full time role in a successful top 20 transatlantic commercial law firm. Earn a salary while developing your skills and gain a qualifying law degree along with the benefit of 6 years of legal experience.
Join our programme for this unique opportunity to contribute to the future success of our business.
You will be introduced to the world of work and our business with access to great quality work that will increase in complexity as you develop through the programme.
What do you need?
You should have good academics; three good A-levels or equivalent are a minimum. Beyond that, we will be looking for you to demonstrate a few core skills including team-working, communication, creative and analytical thinking, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships and a drive to succeed.
- Newcastle Opportunities: Click here to apply for our 2020 NESA (North East Solicitor Apprenticeship) vacancies. Applications will close on 31 January 2020 and successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day on 29 February 2020.
- Bristol Opportunities: Click here to apply for 2020 Bristol vacancies with Womble Bond Dickinson and Bristol City Council. Applications will close on 24 February 2020 and successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day on 16 March 2020.
Want to kick start your legal career with our award winning apprenticeship programme?
Become a qualified Paralegal with a top 20 transatlantic commercial law firm ready to support and shape your career.
Our two year programme will see you working within our high performing team of Paralegals called the Legal Solutions Centre, all while earning a salary. You'll be based in Plymouth but carrying out high quality work with our legal teams based across all of our eight city UK locations.
We'll introduce you to the world of work and the legal sector while fully supporting your studies. Our trained supervisors will provide you with guidance at the right pace for you. This is our sixth year of running this apprenticeship so we really know what works and you'll be working alongside our previous apprentices ready to show you the ropes!
What do you need?
You should have good academics; three A-levels at CCC or equivalent are a minimum. Beyond that, we will be looking for you to demonstrate a few core skills including team-working, communication, creative and analytical thinking, an ability to build strong and lasting relationships and a drive to succeed.
Our application process is now open until 27 March 2020! Click here to apply.
For any queries on this apprenticeship, please contact Kita Cureton by emailing Kita.Cureton@wbd-uk.com.