Paralegal apprenticeship

Paralegal apprenticeship

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.

As an apprentice paralegal you will get the 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 will probably include: managing data and records; reviewing documents; drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms; assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files; carrying out research; handling confidential and sensitive information; understanding and utilising basic financial information; and communication (written and oral) with internal and external clients.

After completing this apprenticeship, you could go on to take further legal qualifications such as those provided by CILEx and the National Association of Licensed Paralegals.

For further information, contact The Law Society: www.lawsociety.org.uk

Level:

Level 3 (Advanced)

Starting salary (once qualified):

Varies according to employer

Job roles:

Paralegal

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