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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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Exam stats show growing popularity of the @CILExLawyers route into law. http://t.co/Zgrc8EG64P

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LC.N Jobs: Hertfordshire County Council has three vacancies for trainee solicitors, commencing in January 2015. http://t.co/niH1Ud02WS

Take 5

Summer lovin’

Don't take time out from summer applications for beaches and puppet shows - let these five firms help you imagine them instead!

Features

No sweat: interviews made easy

The good news is you've been invited to a training contract interview. The bad news is... you've been invited to a training contract interview! Don't panic. This article explores what you should be doing in preparation and how best to present yourself on the day.

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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

Prince’s Trust

The Trust works with young people aged 13 to 30; it enables them to move into work, education or training with its financial support and programmes. Volunteers are always needed - positions available will dependent on the relevant regional projects taking place. View firms involved »