The ‘Paralegal’ workforce is varied and ranges from those working to support solicitors and other regulated professionals, to those working in central government and local authority or corporate organisations.
The ‘Paralegal’ workforce is varied and ranges from those working to support solicitors and other regulated professionals to those working in central government and local authority or corporate organisations.
An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context. On completion of the Apprenticeship, you must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in a range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
An apprenticeship consists of a framework (or collection), of qualifications and training which consists of 4 days in the workplace receiving on-the-job training and 1 day in College where you will complete classes to prepare you for the qualifications which make up the framework.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement but the College has many links with local solicitors and interviews can be arranged which often result in successful employment. In order to gain a place on the apprenticeship programme you will need to attend an information session at College, produce an up to date CV and work with the College staff to improve your employment prospects.
There is the potential to offer several pathways for the aspiring legal apprentice. The most popular is Civil Litigation; however other options can include Employment Practice or Property. Please speak to us regarding your preference.
Competence qualification: CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services (work-based)
Knowledge qualification: CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Civil Litigation (college-based)
The Units studied are:
Unit 1: Introduction to Law & Practice – Knowledge Unit
Unit 5: Law of Tort (Negligence) – Knowledge unit
Unit 9: Civil Litigation – Legal Practice
Unit 16: Client Care Skills – Professional skills unit
Functional skills at level 2: •In maths and IT if less than C grade at GCSE
You should have 5 x GCSEs at Grades A*-C including English language and Maths.
Exams and Coursework
On completion of the Apprenticeship, you must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in a range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
The wide range of roles includes:
The professional qualifications gained in the apprenticeship constitute the first rung on the pathway to the academic qualification needed to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. The knowledge component of the framework certificate gives 4 units of the 10 needed for the full Diploma in Law and Practice. The additional 6 units needed can be gained through part time study in the day or evening after completing the apprenticeship. The level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice is the second stage of training to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and is set and assessed at honour degree level. This can also be done through part time study.
Jobs can be found in legal practice, in the legal department of a private company or in local/national government and can include: litigation assistant; paralegal assistant/officer; legal administrator; junior paralegal. With further study you can go on to fully qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.