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.



Pro bono initiatives

University of Manchester Legal Advice Centre

With one on-campus centre and a second based in The Settlement, East Manchester, this initiative provides free and confidential legal advice to members of the public during teaching semesters. Its secondary aim is to provide practical experience for current law students who volunteer at both locations.