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.
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.
Low expectations based on prejudices against wealth and ethnicity are institutionalised across society, widening unnecessary divisions and barring access to educational and career opportunities.
Part of the Thomas Reuters Foundation, this is a community of lawyers and law firms forming a ‘go-to’ directory for beneficiary NGOs and social enterprise groups. Membership is free of charge and eligible lawyers can chose which projects they are able to support.
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1 Mitre Court buildings barrister Charlotte Rachael Proudman in the Independent: the justice system being privatised. http://t.co/F9zchFjb35
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"RIP legal aid": hundreds of lawyers protest cuts outside Parliament http://t.co/A66PeQS09B via @lawcareersnetuk
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The legal profession is made up not just of solicitors and barristers; it also includes paralegals, chartered legal executives, apprentices, legal secretaries and more. There are also important affiliated careers to consider, and pro bono and diversity schemes that may help you to get ahead. More Law – offering you more than just law.
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.
Best value tendering: the end of the criminal solicitor and justice as we know it? Part two
As I mentioned in my previous blog, the other main proposal of the consultation paper proposing further cuts to legal aid is that clients will no longer have a choice as to who their solicitor is.
Until you know what you have to offer employers, how can you convince them that they need you in their team? Although an impressive list of experience is vital, it's useless if you don't show employers the skills you have gained. That's where MySelf, LawCareers.Net's free self-analysis tool, can help…