Battens Solicitors has for many years supported trainee solicitors to become fully qualified Solicitors, which as from September 2023 now includes a Solicitor Apprenticeship route for aspiring solicitors.

Once your law degree and legal practice course have been completed, you can undertake a trainee solicitor program. This is a two year, on the job training course, where you will gain invaluable, practical work experience. At the end of the two years, you will become a qualified solicitor.


This route is the ideal way to obtain a law qualification for those from school leavers to graduates, legal support staff, mature students and those who already have family commitments, via on-the-job training and attending classes. A chartered legal executive is a fully trained and qualified lawyer who specialises in a particular area of law.

The Solicitor Apprenticeship programme is open to anyone with a passion for law and a connection to the local area, aged 16 years or over. Entry requirements are 5 GCSE’s or equivalent. The programme takes between 3-6 years to complete depending on entry point, you can learn the ropes in different departments across our busy law firm, with a mentor by your side for support and advice whilst you find your feet and discover the area you are most interested in.


At Battens the role of a paralegal is to assist solicitors or legal executive in their role by undertaking research, preparing notes, assisting with administrative parts of files, preparing documentation, speaking to clients and can even involve going to court. To become a paralegal, you need to have high organisational and researching skills, and ideally have a legal education qualification.



At Battens we offer several apprenticeships in Business Administration, IT, and other areas. You will need 5 GCSE’s or equivalent to enter an apprenticeship, the scheme takes 2-3 years to complete, you will work and as well as having study days in college.

Legal Secretary

This is a vital role in any legal firm as secretaries assist solicitors and legal executives with their clients and caseload. It involves general administration and office management, managing telephone calls, making appointments, typing up correspondence and other documentation. To become a Legal Secretary, you need excellent typing and administration skills.


These are just a few of the options available for careers within law. Other key roles at Battens include marketing, IT, office administration and finance.

For a breakdown of all the routes view the Career pathway document.

Our Trainees and Apprentices are supported through The Student Network. An inclusive group made up of all our staff who are currently training, this is a place for support, advice and guidance. We are passionate our staff have access to everything they need to succeed and providing them with first-rate training.