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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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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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Women at the top

These five firms have put their money where their mouths are when it comes to equality at boardroom level – they all have female senior partners. Thanks to Abigail Hare at Shoosmiths for this one!

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


A UK charity that is involved in the provision of aid and development projects internationally, with the goal of ending poverty. Hosting fundraising events, volunteering at festivals or volunteering at shops are all worthy opportunities. In addition, there are office volunteer and internship positions available at the head office in Oxford and across the regional offices. View firms involved »