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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.
The Independent parental special education advice is a registered charity which provides free advice to parents of children with special educational needs on such matters as dealing with local authorities, exclusions from schools and discrimination. Volunteers can work on the charity’s general advice line, for its tribunal support service or just provide general help in the office.
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A 4-strong mooting team from City Law School has won the European Human Rights Moot Court Competition. http://t.co/DArRwAyjrm
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Hundreds of lawyers have marched on Westminster to protest against vile legal aid cuts. #just4justice http://t.co/sHTOK8HDjj
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Harris da Silva Solicitors, based in London EC1, seeks a trainee solicitor. http://t.co/uCC26bhAnq
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Marriage is no longer a "truth universally acknowledged", but these five firms all practise family law in locations featured in Pride and Prejudice:
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.
The publication of the Legal Education and Training Review in 2013 caused much discussion about what its proposals will mean for the lawyers of the future. Here, Jane Ching of Nottingham Law School, gives her view on its impact.