Legal services apprenticeship

Legal services apprenticeship

The Legal Services apprenticeship provides training and qualifications for new and existing staff working in a legal environment involved in the provision and practice of legal services and legal advice.

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 as they are also known, may work for lawyers within the legal profession or they may work within a legal environment within commerce, industry or the public sector – in central government or with a local authority for example. This is a rapidly growing profession delivering a wide range of legal services.

Paralegals are important members of the legal team and play a key role in the legal process. Working closely with solicitors, barristers and legal executives, their duties may take them from office to courtroom, from clients to conferences, from the law library to the negotiating table.

The Advanced Level apprenticeship offers an opportunity to train in a range of job roles working in the following areas: criminal prosecution, civil litigation, employment practice, family practice, property and private client work. Your duties could include managing non-complex legal matters within your area of responsibility to ensure that they meet timescales and deadlines. Assisting more senior colleagues with pre-defined tasks will also be a regular occurrence for most roles. You will ensure that files are up to date and that any missing evidence is gathered from the relevant parties. You may be required to attend court where necessary.

At Higher Level there are three pathways: Commercial Litigation, Debt Recovery and Insolvency and Personal Injury. For all pathways you will be responsible for managing fairly complex legal matters through to completion. Your responsibilities may also see you supervising more junior staff.

The apprenticeship provides a package of training and qualifications for new and existing staff working in a legal environment involved in the provision and practice of legal services and legal advice. After completing your apprenticeship you could go on to take further professional legal services qualifications such as those offered by CILEx and the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP).

Level:

Advanced (Level 3), Higher (Level 4)

Starting salary (once qualified):

£15,000–£40,000

Job roles:

Advanced Level – Paralegal, Paralegal officer, Paralegal assistant, Claims handler

Higher Level – Senior paralegal, Senior paralegal officer, Personal injury specialist, Senior claims handler, Fee earner, Litigation executive

Issuing Authority:

Skills for Justice – www.sfjuk.com