With entry into the legal profession becoming harder than ever, soaring university fees and the need to promote greater diversity, giving young people alternative routes into the industry is one of our top priorities.

We realise that for some young people, ambition can’t wait, and those seeking a career in law want to get started as soon as possible. Our new Legal Apprenticeship Scheme makes it easier for you to do just that.

Deryn McDermott, Apprentice Paralegal
Deryn McDermott, Apprentice Paralegal

I am a few months into my Legal Apprenticeship with Ralli Solicitors and have experienced both great support as an employee, and an extremely positive attitude towards the scheme from my colleagues. By completing my training ‘on-the-job’, I am able to understand the application of the law and I am gaining valuable real world experience; which I would not benefit from studying full-time.

A lot of people assume that it is only possible to work in the legal profession or become a lawyer through studying law at university – I aim to become a fee earner at Ralli Solicitors through a completely different route, and I would encourage anyone to consider this alternative.’

Deryn McDermott – Apprentice Paralegal

As part of our commitment to nurture young talent, we teamed up with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School to launch our first apprenticeship scheme in September 2015. Based at our offices in Sale, Manchester, our Legal Apprenticeship Scheme runs over two years. You’ll spend time working in all parts of the business gaining experience in making calls, assisting our legal teams and dealing with clients. In return we’ll be helping you to build your legal knowledge to provide you with the skills you need to kick start a successful career.

Our Legal Apprenticeship Scheme offers the best of both worlds to young people who choose not to go to university – they get the opportunity to gain a formal legal qualification and a role in the profession through paid, on the job training as an apprentice paralegal.

What you can expect during your apprenticeship

Apprentices are employees of Ralli Solicitors and are personally mentored by one of our solicitors or directors. Training and assessment is delivered by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) who work closely with Ralli Solicitors throughout the apprenticeship and who are in regular contact with our apprentices as they visit and assess the workplace. In addition, the apprentice will have a supervisor and a mentor to help them with their workload and offer support throughout the qualification.

Philip Grubert, Apprentice Paralegal
Philip Grubert, Apprentice Paralegal

I have been working and studying as a legal apprentice for the past five months and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far. Working as a legal apprentice is a great opportunity to get some hands on experience at working within a firm before deciding on whether to pursue a career in legal services.

The apprenticeship route offers a great balance between education and work, with both the tutors and the directors there to offer support if needed. Since working with Ralli Solicitors I have already learnt a great deal about the personal injury claims process. I currently work in the Portal Allocation Team which deals with simple low value personal injury claims. I work with a fantastic group of solicitors and legal executives with many years of experience. Each of them takes the time to ensure that I am happy with the current workload and deal with any queries I might have about the litigation process. I highly recommend the apprenticeship program to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in legal service and could not have asked for a better firm of solicitors to work with.

Philip Grubert – Apprentice Paralegal

What Ralli Solicitors look for in an apprentice?

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic and ambitious individuals who have completed 3 A levels or equivalent (Grade C or above) and a minimum A – C in English and Maths at GCSE level, if direct from school or college, who have decided to pursue a vocational rather than an academic or university route in the legal world.

As well as demonstrating a passion for working in the legal sector, we also look for individuals who embrace our values, work well in teams and show real drive and commitment to succeed in what can be a challenging sector.

How to apply

To express your interest in our Legal Apprenticeship Scheme please visit the Manchester Metropolitan University Law School website: