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.
If you are weighing up whether to go to university or move straight into your career with an apprenticeship after finishing your GCSEs or A levels, The Law Apprenticeships Guide 2018 is here to help.
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.
Law firms are traditionally run by partnerships that usually take one of two forms, although there are many variations to both categories. The type of partnership at a firm is one of the important factors that determine the atmosphere in the office, so it is wise to take this into consideration when making applications. Plus, demonstrating some understanding of how a firm is structured can help you impress in an interview.
Staffed by voluntary employment solicitors, BERAL provides free and confidential advice by telephone on Wednesday evenings (between 6:00pm-8:00pm). It was established in 2003; since then, the service has helped more than 400 clients.