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.

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Pro bono initiatives

IPSEA

The Independent parental special education advice is a registered charity which provides free advice to parents of children with special educational needs on such matters as dealing with local authorities, exclusions from schools and discrimination. Volunteers can work on the charity’s general advice line, for its tribunal support service or just provide general help in the office.