Paralegal

Alternative titles for this job include Legal assistant, property assistant, contracts assistant

Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice to clients.

Average salary (a year)

£15,500 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become a paralegal

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could study for a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in law, legal studies or paralegal practice.

There's a lot of competition for places on law degrees, so you'll need good grades in your entry qualifications.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could take a college course before you look for work. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Legal Studies
  • CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice
  • NALP Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could take a paralegal advanced apprenticeship.

This typically takes 24 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and study.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Work

You may be able to find work with a legal practice as an admin assistant and do training on the job to qualify. This could be done through the Institute of Paralegals or the National Association of Licenced Paralegals

You'll be expected to have GCSEs or A levels and a good standard of English.

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Career tips

Getting some experience in the particular area of law you want to work in is helpful, for example, family, criminal or property law.

As well as opportunities with law firms, look out for placements in legal departments of businesses, charities, central and local government.

Further information

You can find out more about paralegal careers from the Institute of Paralegals and the National Association of Licenced Paralegals.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read English
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • research and draft legal documents
  • manage data and confidential client information
  • interview clients and witnesses
  • give clients legal information
  • go to court
  • handle a caseload of clients
  • do general office tasks

Working environment

You could work in an office, in a court or at a police station.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With further study, you could qualify as a legal executive or solicitor.

You could become self-employed or set up your own paralegal practice.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Paralegal Apprentice

  • Wage: £326.63 Weekly
  • Location: Winchester

Paralegal Apprentice

  • Wage: £144.30 Weekly
  • Location: Not known

Courses In England

NALP Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice

  • Provider: ACTIVATE LEARNING
  • Start date: 15 September 2022
  • Location: Bracknell

(FC) Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice

  • Provider: WALSALL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2022
  • Location: Walsall

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