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Take 5

Asset finance

If all other plans fail, one of these five firms may remind you of a precious possession that you can sell off to fund your legal ambition! (We kid, read the rest of the newsletter for more constructive advice):

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.

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.

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.

Features

The commercial year 2013-14

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 2013-14 and gives you some pointers on how they are relevant to lawyers.

Pro bono initiatives

Red Cross

The British Red Cross provides services both within the UK and assistance in the response to emergencies overseas. UK activities include running first aid training, providing health and social care and refugee services. You could get involved by volunteering in a shop, in the head office or participating in a fundraising event. In association there are also volunteering opportunities at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, but these are unpaid positions.


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