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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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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. Read »

Latest tweets

23 hours ago
LC.N Jobs: LPC Law is recruiting for BPTC and LPC grads to undertake County Court advocacy work. http://t.co/bHBlDFWyze

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LC.N Blogs: Jamie England relates the lessons from his first mini-pupillage. https://t.co/8hctNGUgcr

2 days ago
New legal apprenticeships announced at @Mishcon_de_Reya and Morrisons. http://t.co/3nZ0TN9x3Y

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Features

No sweat: interviews made easy

The good news is you've been invited to a training contract interview. The bad news is... you've been invited to a training contract interview! Don't panic. This article explores what you should be doing in preparation and how best to present yourself on the day.

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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

Free Representation Unit

The FRU provides legal services such as advice, case preparation and advocacy in tribunal cases to those without the means to obtain legal support through financial, personal or other reasons. It is heavily reliant on volunteers and provides excellent advocacy experience for junior lawyers. You can find out all the details regarding the application process for a volunteer position on the FRU website.

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