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.




Law firm open days

Attending a law firm’s open day, workshop or presentations is a great way to network with lawyers and recruiters, and gain valuable insights that will improve your applications. Read on for tips on preparing ahead of the event and making a good impression on the day.

Pro bono initiatives

Save the Children

Working in 120 countries, Save the Children seeks to protect children’s rights and lives by facilitating development programmes and providing emergency relief. Volunteer positions arise in the UK within its fundraising efforts; you could work in one of the high street shops or support local events and activities.