There's no denying it – apprenticeships in the legal sector are gaining momentum. The traditional route to being a lawyer is being challenged by, among other things, the Legal Education and Training Review, the rise of legal executives, increasing paralegal numbers, and alternative business structures.
For law graduates not going on to the LPC or BPTC, a career as a professional paralegal is a real alternative. Being a paralegal is not the same as being a lawyer, but as doctors are supported by skilled nurses, so too solicitors are supported by skilled paralegals. And as with nurses, nowadays paralegals are becoming a recognised professional group in their own right.
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New LGBT diversity scheme, Freshfields Champions, announced by @Freshfields http://t.co/w5VA8goHXC
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Thinking about joining a law society? Committee members from @KentStudentLaw explain why you should sign up: https://t.co/tJMeQQU5zf
Edwards Wildman and Locke Lord sign Letter of Intent to merge – subject to further negotiations and partner approval http://t.co/bXFH3KtYX8
Women at the top
These five firms have put their money where their mouths are when it comes to equality at boardroom level – they all have female senior partners. Thanks to Abigail Hare at Shoosmiths for this one!
A new academic year has begun and the recruitment race is underway. We have lots of tips on how to hotwire your way into a legal career, including full-throttle info on self-analysis, research, law fairs and where to seek help. Drop the pedal to the metal and let's go!
CILEx is the professional body representing around 20,000 trainee and qualified chartered legal executive lawyers. Changes in legislation mean that chartered legal executive lawyers are increasingly on a level playing field with solicitors or barristers, as they can now become judges, advocates and partners in law firms.
Evening and weekend legal advice centre for those who would ordinarily not be able to afford such support – it holds the title of oldest surviving free legal advice centre in the world. Positions are available as initial assessment volunteers and volunteer legal advisers.