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This is a vast global law firm and although they don't run a degree apprenticeship as such, they do pay you whilst you study. Although they don't cover your tuition fees, your street cred in the legal world will improve enormously.





Degree offered

LLB  (Hons) Law in Practice


Queen Mary University of London


QMUL and at Reed Smith’s London offices (for the placement year)


4 years (including 3rd year spent at Reed Smith as a ‘year in industry’).

Entry requirements

Students have to already be in the first year of a LLB at QMUL

Application process

Year 3 of the LLB ‘Law in Practice’ degree takes place at Reed Smith’s London offices. Working hours are the office hours. Specific training courses are run in Year 2 of the LLB degree (the year before the placement) to prepare students with workplace skills, as mentioned above. More training is available throughout the placement year as the students are invited to join all relevant training courses run at the firm during their placement.

Starting salary

In the placement year, the students are paid the London Living Wage by Reed Smith. The tuition fees at QMUL are those of an undergraduate student.

Permanent job offer

Yes, after the placement year at Reed Smith, all students are guaranteed an interview for a full-time training contract as a trainee lawyer with the firm.


Students at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) apply for the placement year at the end of their first year of their LLB degree. They then complete Year 2 of their LLB degree at QMUL, including some workplace skills workshops delivered by Reed Smith. Year 3 then is a ‘year in industry’ spent at Reed Smith’s London offices before returning to QMUL to complete their LLB degree in Year 4. Whilst students are on their year in industry, they are all invited to be assessed for a training contract.

GCG view

This differs from the rest we have looked at as you already have to be in your first year at university. We liked them because of the speedy, friendly response they gave us but we found their website odd, featuring a question asking us "Where does your career take you?". Well, we don't know as you haven't told us what's on offer.

Unlike the BPP solicitor scheme, it would appear that you have to pay tuition fees on this one.


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