Flex Trainee 2023

  • Flex Trainee
  • Various, United Kingdom

Flex Trainee 2023

Job description

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:

  • A salary of £30,000 in London or £25,000 in the regions
  • The SQE1 + 2 preparation course plus your SQE exams, all fully paid for by Flex
  • A readiness programme before you start your first placement to allow you to hit the ground running
  • An in-house supervisor, who will meet with Flex every month to review your progress
  • Regular 1:1s with both a mentor and a legal expert from Flex
  • Professional development opportunities with Flex through professional and industry networking events
  • Access to the Flex Legal SQE Journal, which is Flex’s proprietary tool to easily record Qualifying Work Experience
  • One half-day off every week to study for the SQE
  • A range of personal benefits, including private health care, a cycle to work scheme, and nursery benefits.

Job requirements

To be eligible for the 2023 Flex Trainee programme, you will need to have:

  • Law-related qualifications: you must have satisfied one of the below requirements by the date you would start as a trainee:
    • Completed a UK Qualifying Law Degree from any university
    • Completed the GDL/PGDL, or
    • Completed your LPC and willing to switch to the SQE route

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.

  • The right to work in the UK: you must have the continuous right to work in the UK for two years from the date you would start as a trainee. For example, if you are applying for July 2023 start, you must have the right to work until July 2025. Unfortunately, Flex is unable to sponsor work visas at this time.
  • Be a social mobile candidate: Flex Trainee is designed to bring socially mobile and diverse aspiring solicitors into the profession. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide more details of your background and upbringing, particularly related to your education and social background.