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NationalLawLIVE

These five national firms (among others) will all be at the NationalLawLIVE careers conference in December. Applications open in June – stay tuned!

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.

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.

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.

Features

Gender diversity in law: dawn of a new era or a case of the old guard?

Affinity groups, targets, mentors; there are many ways that firms are trying to address the disparity between the number of male and female partners. But is it working? We speak to senior women from a variety of firms to find out their views on the road to equality, the initiatives their firms are employing and how the female partners of the future can help themselves.

Pro bono initiatives

Save the Children

Working in 120 countries, Save the Children seeks to protect children’s rights and lives by facilitating development programmes and providing emergency relief. Volunteer positions arise in the UK within its fundraising efforts; you could work in one of the high street shops or support local events and activities


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