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Paralegal

Paralegals carry out legal support work and clerical duties. They are an essential part of the legal industry, and, especially with the advent of Alternative Business Structures, increasingly recognised as a professional group in their own right.

The paralegal profession explained By James O’Connell, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Paralegals are people who carry out legal work, even though they are not lawyers. There are approximately 300,000 paralegals in total (although this number varies depending on how you define paralegal). They work in solicitors' firms, the...

The changing role of the paralegal in the legal industry By Samuel Clague, Founder of The Stephen James Partnership

The legal industry has seen a number of changes over the past few years, perhaps most notably the implementation in late 2011 of the Legal Services Act. The Act has enabled non-legal entities to participate in the ownership, management and...

What is a paralegal? By James O’Connell, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Paralegals are not lawyers. Indeed, their whole raison d'être is that they are not lawyers. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any cross over. Answering the question "what do paralegals do?" is tricky because "paralegal" is a default,...

Paralegals: The backbone of legal sector Written by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Paralegals are essential to the success of the legal sector. In the past, some have looked down on paralegals, considering them inferior to those with a solicitor or barrister qualification. Old prejudices are slowly breaking down as legislation...

How to become a paralegal By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Fancy pursuing a career in the legal sector but really aren’t up for spending any more years in education? Or perhaps you’re eyeing up a training contract after spending a few years as a paralegal. Either way, you probably want to know how you go...

Paralegal qualifications By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

Paralegal work is becoming an increasingly popular option for law graduates as competition for vacation schemes, training contracts and pupillages remains as fierce as ever. Paralegals are often regarded as the ‘backbone of the legal sector’ and...

Paralegal salary By Billy Sexton, Editor, AllAboutLaw.co.uk

You may be on the hunt for a paralegal job in order to get some more legal work experience or perhaps in order to follow the equivalent means route to solicitor qualification. Maybe you’re even a legal apprentice, set to become a paralegal after...

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