Job roles: Paralegal officer, Paralegal assistant, Claims handler
A paralegal is not a qualified lawyer but is qualified to perform legal work that requires knowledge of the law and procedures.
Paralegals or legal assistants work for lawyers or within a legal environment within commerce, industry or the public sector. Their duties may take them from office to courtroom, from clients to conferences, from the law library to the negotiating table.
As an apprentice you would train as a paralegal assistant or paralegal officer working in criminal prosecution, civil litigation, employment practice, family practice, property and private client work. Your duties could include managing non-complex legal matters to meet timescales and deadlines, and assisting more senior colleagues with their tasks. You may be required to attend court where necessary.
At Higher Level there are three pathways: Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery & Insolvency and Personal Injury. You will be responsible for managing fairly complex legal matters through to completion and may also supervise more junior staff.
Issuing Authority: Skills for Justice
Qualification: Level 3 (Adv), Level 4 (Higher)
Salary: From £15,000 to £40,000