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.
Staffed by voluntary employment solicitors, BERAL provides free and confidential advice by telephone on Wednesday evenings (18:00 – 20:00). It was established in 2003 by Professor Richard Grimes with lawyers from Wragge & Co, Saltley and Nechells Law Centre and others. Since then, the service has helped more than 400 clients. The 24-hour phone line is 0121 697 8055.
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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.
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.