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The names of these five firms evoke the clink of ice in glass and the glug, glug, glug of a well-poured beverage. Enjoy responsibly:


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.


A rare opportunity

Diversity is never off the legal sector's agenda, yet the profession remains determinedly white, especially at senior levels. Graduate recruitment experts Rare aim to connect exceptional people from diverse backgrounds with top jobs at leading organisations. Rare director, Lianne Moseley-Mould, offers insight into how the profession's doing.

Pro bono initiatives

Environmental Law Foundation

Private donors fund this foundation’s environmental work. Volunteers can undertake an advice and referral service internship – an essential CV booster for those aspiring to practise in environmental law. It also makes for excellent general experience in public law and general planning procedures.

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