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Legal apprenticeships

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.

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Paralegals

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. Read »

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Egg-cellent firms

Easter is hopping closer, and these five firms have a chocolatey, hot-cross-bunny feel to them:

Features

A how-to guide to researching firms

Law firm research may not be the most thrilling of topics (or activities), but it's impossible to net a training contract without it. Here we give you a handy guide to that much talked about but rarely explained concept and reveal just why it's so important.

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The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

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.

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Pro bono initiatives

Asylum Support Appeals Project

‘ASAP’ seeks to uphold the rights of asylum seekers to food and shelter; it provides free representation to those appealing UKBA decisions and advises agencies and campaigns on changing policy. It is always in need of duty barristers to voluntarily represent those in asylum support appeal hearings (this is not open to law students). View firms involved »