Paralegals carry out research, prepare legal documents and give legal advice to clients.
There will be
5% more Paralegal jobs in 2023.
In your local area
You could work for many kinds of employer, including law firms, private companies, the not-for-profit-sector, local or central government, the police and the courts. You’ll usually specialise in one area of legal work.
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
There are no set entry requirements. GCSEs or A levels may help you get an apprenticeship or on-the-job legal training.
Apprenticeships are available at all levels.
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) Law School has details of training while working and earning a salary. It has information about the Trailblazer apprenticeships, which can qualify you as a paralegal, a legal executive or a solicitor.
You'll need a good understanding of the legal system, so experience working at a law firm could help you start your training. Qualifications in paralegal practice or a degree in law could also help you begin your career.
The Institute of Paralegals has more details about careers.
Starter salary: £14,000 to £25,000
Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000
These figures are a guide.
You'll usually work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, in an office. At busy times you may need to work longer. You may travel to meet clients or go to court.
With further study, you could qualify as a legal executive or solicitor.
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