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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 »

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Summer lovin’

Don't take time out from summer applications for beaches and puppet shows - let these five firms help you imagine them instead!

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

Youth Justice Board

The YJB is a public body established to coordinate the youth justice system in England and Wales. Its activities involve working to reduce and prevent offending by those under 18 years old and ensure that custody is both appropriate and safe. You cannot volunteer with the body – but some firms, such as those listed below, will work with the YJB in a pro-bono capacity. View firms involved »