How far can you go in legal?
If you want to train to be a solicitor, you can do so with our in-house team in Manchester city centre. It takes 5 years – which is shorter than the traditional university route – and you'll end up with a recognised law degree. If you’re keen to gain experience in a legal environment, but unsure if the solicitor route is right for you at this stage, our legal services apprenticeship will prepare you for an equally successful future in our legal services business.
With many different roles within the legal sector, there are plenty of opportunities to take your career in the direction you want. At Co-op, we can offer you comprehensive training, plus a wealth of advice and support. Our apprenticeships can help you get there either in our in-house team or our customer facing legal services business, giving you an opportunity to access a career in law via an alternative route to university.
In-house law team
- Paralegal or apprentice solicitor
- Legal counsel
- Group counsel
As a Paralegal you’ll be responsible for your own case load; supporting on legal projects and providing legal guidance to the business on things like contracts and legal issues. Apprentice Solicitors join us on a 5-year apprenticeship which includes an LLB Law degree. You’ll start off working alongside our paralegals, and as you develop your knowledge and skills you’ll progress to a solicitor role when you’re fully qualified. It’s a different way to build a career in law with great benefits and a permanent job from day one.close
As a fully qualified solicitor at Co-op you’ll be responsible for managing a complex legal caseload, usually in a particular area of specialism. As an expert in your field you’ll support the business with legal cases and disputes. You’ll also provide guidance and draft legal documentation to make sure we’re operating within the law.close
A legal counsel at Co-op is not only an experienced lawyer, they’re also a leader. In this role you’ll be responsible for leading a team of solicitors, trainees and paralegals to provide expert advice and guidance to colleagues across Co-op, enabling them to make effective business decisions.close
As Group Counsel at Co-op you’ll be a member of our executive board alongside our CEO. The role of our group counsel is to ensure that the entire business operates within the law makes the right decisions for our customers, members and colleagues. As leader of our in-house legal function you’ll also support and develop your team to help them achieve their potential.close
- Legal assistant or legal services apprentice
- Case manager
- Senior case manager
- Team manager
- Operations manager
As a legal assistant, you’ll support case managers with lots of different tasks including administration, preparing documents, checking forms and most importantly looking after our customers. Our legal apprentices join on a 2 year apprenticeship. You’ll start by working alongside our legal assistants as you work towards becoming a case manager by the end of your first year. It’s a great way to start your career and develop the knowledge you need to become a legal expert at Co-op.close
In this role, you’ll manage your own caseload from start to finish, handling all of the financial applications associated with your cases. You’ll use your legal knowledge and service skills to give our customers piece of mind and reassurance.close
In this role, you’ll be responsible for managing a complex caseload of disputes and litigation relating to your area of practice. We’ll also look to you to support senior colleagues on larger cases and share your technical knowledge and guidance with others in your team too.close
As a team leader you’ll manage a team of advisors and case managers in a particular area of practice. Using your experience and expertise you’ll coach and train colleagues to provide excellent customer service and ensure accuracy in their work. At some of our sites, team leaders can step up and take responsibility for the whole practice area in their location.close
Operations managers are responsible for the successful operation of their practice areas at our various sites across the UK. In this role you’ll lead a team of legal professionals, including team leaders, to make sure Co-op Legal Services provides the best customer service while also driving commercial performance. It’s a challenging but extremely rewarding job.close
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