A new way to qualify
The new Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE) route to qualify as a solicitor is designed to open the legal profession to a wider pool of talent. It represents a significant opportunity for organisations to support the next generation of lawyers, and improve social mobility and diversity in the profession.
Our Flex Trainee programme helps socially mobile and diverse aspiring solicitors to make the most of this opportunity. We place Flex Trainees in legal teams over the two years of their SQE, where they gather valuable qualifying work experience while completing the academic component of their qualification.
What is Flex Trainee?
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.
What you will receive:
With Flex's Trainee Scheme, you will get a much broader range of experiences in in-house legal teams across varied industries. Wherever you go during the programme, your 'home-base' will always be Flex, who will make sure that you're well taken care of. As a Flex Trainee you will receive:
To be eligible for the 2023 Flex Trainee programme, you will need to have:
You should have obtained a 2.1 or above (or an equivalent grade to this) in at least one degree or post-graduate qualification. If you have mitigating circumstances that prevented you from achieving these grades, you should still apply but inform us in your application so we can take this into account when assessing your academics.