The Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services is an exciting new apprenticeship set at undergraduate level and designed for people who want to work in law or are already working in a legal environment and wish to progress. Prospective learners are invited to register their interest here. All apprentices will be employed full time, usually by a law firm or in-house legal department, and all will earn a salary from day one, if they are not already doing so.
This new Higher Apprenticeship means that, for the first time, people in England will be able to follow an apprenticeship pathway to becoming a qualified fee-earner or "paralegal" within the legal sector. From there, progression to qualified lawyer status (solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive) or even a judge is possible.
There are currently over 50,000 paralegals across England and they work in many different areas of law, helping individuals and commercial clients with a wide range of issues. Because of changes in the way law firms are able to conduct business, the number of paralegals is expected to grow by at least 16% between 2012 and 2015. This will create opportunities for many ambitious new entrants to the profession.
This site is an introduction to the qualification for anyone who is interested in a career in law as well as parents, teachers, careers advisors and other interested parties. Please register your interest here for more information.