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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.
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.
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Law firm research may not be the most thrilling of topics (or activities), but it's impossible to net a training contract without it. Here we give you a handy guide to that much talked about but rarely explained concept and reveal just why it's so important.
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.
Online forum for lawyers and law students to register interest in pro bono projects – organisations can survey the information and contact most relevant individuals in involvement in projects. Registration is free and does not automatically oblige you to accept any offers of project work.