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The legal profession is made up not just of solicitors and barristers; it also includes paralegals, chartered legal executives, apprentices, legal secretaries and more. There are also important affiliated careers to consider, and pro bono and diversity schemes that may help you to get ahead. More Law – offering you more than just law.
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.
A transnational alliance network which seeks to bring lawyers and judges wishing to carry pro bono work together with rule of law and access to justice projects. There are opportunities for students both in London and internationally (the project is based in the USA). Internships are unpaid and require minimal commitment of two days per week or six continuous weeks.
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Today our LC.N team hosts the @CityLawLIVE conference. If you're interested in a career in City law, follow #citylawq for live updates.
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.@UniversityofLaw has announced its new Law First scholarship programme for 2014/15. http://t.co/FZq8RJ2IDv
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Entries are now open for @TheLawSociety’s annual essay competition in memorial of Graham Turnbull. http://t.co/9gBhOt9oWP
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.
Having an amazing ability to analyse pure theoretical law is all well and good, but you also need to appreciate the commercial context within which your clients are operating. Courtesy of just published Best in Law, this feature looks at some of the key themes in the commercial world in 2012-13 and gives you some pointers on how they are relevant to lawyers.