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Paralegals

What do they do?

  • As they are not ‘lawyers’, but undertake work when instructed by lawyers, they do not need a legal qualification.

  • Paralegals are predominantly used for admin support roles including legal visits to prisons, attending counsel at court on serious cases, undertaking research, interviewing witnesses, completing and filing the legal documents and scheduling.

  • For paralegals in solicitors firms, they are increasingly completing work which lawyers might be expected to do, such as less serious cases involving small claims, family cases, transfers of land, registering trademarks, immigration law advice, consumer law advice and trading standards advice. 

 

Where do they work?

  • There is an increasing number (6000+) of paralegal law firms which could result in them completing more complex cases

  • Volunteering for Citizens Advice

  • Working for the Crown Prosecution Service

  • Secretarial work at solicitors firms or accountancy firms 

 

Is work experience available?

  • No, but it is usually completed during the last year of your degree or the year before/ after your BPTC or LPC.

 

How do you apply for a position?

  • Look on the particular firm’s website or websites like lawcareers.net.

 

Other details

  • It can reduce the length of a training contract by up to 6 months.

  • It is strongly recommended if you wish to pursue a career in as either a solicitor or a barrister.

  • They make up 44% of all fee earners at solicitors firms and are on track to outnumber solicitors within a decade (lawcareers.net)

  • For any area of law, paralegalling is a good way to understand the workings of a firm, and can be done alongside studying.

  • Demonstrates competency in research.

  • For any of you Suits fans – think Rachel Zane.