What is a paralegal?
A paralegal is a member of staff who has completed some
legal training, but is not qualified as a solicitor or Chartered
Legal Executive lawyer. The term applies to any member of staff
progressing files under supervision – from legal secretaries who
have gained the necessary knowledge to carry out specific practical
tasks, to law graduates who progress a heavy caseload of files from
start to finish.
Paralegals are very commonly employed in the fields of
residential conveyancing, personal injury or debt recovery where
roles might be advertised as ‘Conveyancing Assistant’, ‘Claims
Handler’ or ‘Litigation Assistant’ respectively. A paralegal might
be known as a 'Legal Assistant' in family or employment law
The role of the paralegal varies greatly between organisation
and different areas of legal practice. Courses start at Level 2
(GCSE-level) training for legal
secretaries who wish to move into paralegal work and have not
studied for a long time, through to Level 6 (honours-degree level)
courses for law graduates to acquire
high-level legal practice skills.
Which course is right for me?
If you have GCSEs
If your current academic qualifications are at GCSE level
then we recommend that you start with the City & Guilds/CILEX Level 2
Award/Certificate/Diploma in Legal Studies.
If you have A-Levels
If you have A-Levels it is recommended you will need to take the
CILEX Level 3 Certificate in Law and
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