The new SQE route to solicitor qualification is designed to open the legal profession up to a wider pool of talent. It represents a significant opportunity for socially mobile aspiring lawyers to qualify in-house.
Our Flex Trainee programme helps both legal teams and aspiring solicitors make the most of this opportunity. Our trainees are placed within a top legal team for a minimum of 12 months to gather valuable Qualifying Work Experience, whilst they also complete the academic component of the SQE qualification.
To take our scheme to the next level and give even more socially mobile aspiring lawyers the chance to break into the legal industry, we now have three Flex Trainee routes to choose from:
- Flex Apprentice: perfect for law graduates at the start of your legal journey.
- Flex Trainee: the route for anyone with SQE1/the LPC, plus 6 months' legal experience.
- Flex Talent Development: ideal for paralegals already working within a legal team.
Flex works with the UK’s most forward-looking legal teams to make sure trainees are exposed to a wide range of work. Our trainees have been placed in renowned companies, including international banks and other financial services organisations, leading manufacturers and retailers, technology and telecoms companies, as well as charities. Flex employs our trainees for two years and second the trainees to different legal teams. Trainees either complete their placement with one organisation for the two years or will be placed across two organisations for a year each. At the end of the two years, and subject to passing the SQE assessments, trainees become a qualified lawyer.