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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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Atticus perfects the art of precision during the LPC, forgetting the rambling and flowery conversations of old. http://t.co/0UuUcG1Ogx

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Vulnerable children being denied justice by legal aid cuts, reveals children’s commissioner – minister demands review http://t.co/xM6O8b9uAK

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Three legal apprentices have started work at the BBC; trainees to follow in Sept 2015. http://t.co/CdKfab6kC9

Take 5

Branching out

They don't share a family tree, but the roots of these five firms run deep (sent in by a LC.N reader):

Features

Best of the legal web – general resources

Everyone has their favourite, go-to legal website for information or research, but this compilation cuts across personal preference. Amanda Millmore, non-practising barrister and founder of CPD provider Legal Training, offers a broad selection of some of the best legal resources for lawyers (and would-be lawyers) of all persuasions.

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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

Amicus

Amicus provides legal representation for the most vulnerable death row inmates in the United States penal system. It trains and places 20-30 interns to help defend capital cases every year, filling many of these places with aspiring lawyers from the United Kingdom. You can apply for an internship in the US on the Amicus website.

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