From Baby Barristers: a well-regarded London law firm seeks a law graduate to join its immigration practice.
Candidates should have a strong interest in immigration law and possess previous experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.
The role will include legal research, advising clients on immigration applications, and liaison with the UK Border Agency Policy Unit for guidance on complex scenarios. The successful candidate will work closely with the firm’s senior fee-earners...
Ed note: This is the first in a regular series of job alerts we'll be running for paralegal and junior lawyer positions.
From Baby Barristers: a London law firm seeks a paralegal to work on a six-month fixed-term contract in its criminal litigation team.
LPC or BPTC graduates are preferred.
Candidates should ideally possess a minimum of six months previous experience working as a paralegal or legal assistant in a criminal law department, preferably with experience of Crown Court trials. Experience of working within a very busy environment where deadlines are clearly defined is also valuable.
The role will include legal research, document management, client meetings, and liaising with the police, prosecution and court.
To request more details, or to submit an immediate application, email email@example.com, quoting 'Legal Cheek Job Alert' in the subject line.
Paralegal Tony, a part-time LPC student and paralegal at a City law firm, says that shrewd graduates can fund themselves on their journey to becoming lawyers
Doing anything is better than doing nothing
On graduating with an LLB in law with French law and French language in 2011, I took the first job available to me and swept floors at a garage while making applications to law firms in the local area. The law firm where I completed some work experience during that time was so impressed by the tenacity I showed that they decided to offer me a full-time position as a paralegal for a whole £12,000!
During that first paralegal job, I took every opportunity to network. This led to a barrister who I had instructed in a matter to give me the heads up on another position at a law firm offering more money – just enough to cover LPC fees. Not that networking on its own is enough. You need a good CV, too. To that end, get your CV reviewed. @Career_Geek is offering a free service at the moment, otherwise follow me on Twitter and I will happily have a look...
Last week there was outrage on The Student Room when a poster likened barristers to doctors and solicitors to nurses.
Out of the ensuing maelstrom emerged two points of broad agreement:
Barristers are cleverer than solicitors ("a barrister could do what a solicitor does, but not necessarily the other way round”).
But it’s easier to make megabucks as a solicitor ("Your chances of making it to the top of the pile and earning a ****load of money are much higher as a solicitor than as a barrister in my opinion.").
Of course, it's not that simple, with different types of barrister and solicitor – not to mention legal executive – outranking each other
In search of some definitive truth on the matter? Here’s Legal Cheek's power list (focusing on how lawyers rank at the point of entry to the profession):
EXCLUSIVE: In March, Legal Cheek published a story about a firm that was asking law graduates to self-fund a very expensive paralegal course in order to be considered for a training contract with them.
I decided it was too risky to publish the name of the firm in question without any written evidence of the programme.
A few days ago, though, the firm, Aston Carter Solicitors, went public with a finalised version of its pay-to-be-a-paralegal scheme, which will commence next month.
Here’s the deal:
“Dave and I went to great lengths to keep our relationship secret at work,” recalls paralegal-turned PA Zoe Michael, 23.
Who can blame them? “Dave” (pictured) is David Green, managing partner of MTA Solicitors – Zoe’s boss.
“We’d travel to and from the office together but he’d drop me off and pick me up round the corner, out of sight of colleagues,” continues Zoe, speaking exclusively to leading newspaper The Daily Express.
“Of course I was conscious of my position and how people might react to us dating,” chips in Dave.
Goodness! How did this dangerous liaison begin?
Pupillage-less prospective barrister Jack Smith is wary of forking out yet more cash on a masters, but daunted by the challenge of landing quality interim legal employment in a difficult market
With only a few exams and assessments before the end of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), thoughts have turned recently to what the devil we're all going to do next year. A small handful of my friends have managed to secure pupillages commencing in October 2012, however many – like me – are still on the hunt, leaving at least one year of uncertainty. So what can a Bar graduate usefully do in that year?
It was Aristotle who said: “Education is the best provision for old age”, and at times it's easy to fall into thinking that old age might, in fact, arrive before an offer of pupillage. But is there merit in doing a masters?
Earlier this month, Jonathan Fagan, managing director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment, received an email from a graduate who’d been invited to interview for a paralegal job at a law firm.
According to Fagan, the graduate had, in advance, been informed that she had to pay £9,000 to be considered for this role and wanted to know if this was normal. He told her it wasn’t.
In return for £9,000, the law firm is apparently offering:
The title of non-practising barrister needs to be given more weight to reflect Bar school graduates' educational achievements, argues OccupyTheInns
In his Legal Cheek article last week Simon Myerson QC referred to me as an “anonymous paralegal”. This was saddening because Mr Myerson – whose work I had hitherto regarded with the upmost respect – should know that those who have been called to the Bar (as I was fortunate enough to have been last summer) receive the title of ‘barrister’. If a renowned QC cannot get such detail correct, what hope is there for humbler members of the legal profession and legal support staff?
One of the most frustrating aspects of my present predicament, which involves me performing solicitor-level tasks professionally, is the insistence of many in referring to me as a paralegal despite my being a barrister – albeit a non-practising one until I obtain pupillage. My barrister friends currently engaged in the fiendishly difficult hunt for a pupillage have had similar experiences.
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, whose day job these days is as a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley, bagged a special prize for his contribution to music at the Brit Awards last night, alongside fellow band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James.
Rowntree (the ginger-haired one you never knew the name of, until now, in the pic above) also performed a couple of songs with his Blur chums – back together for the first time since 2009.
Despite his smiles on stage, though, the occasion was laced with pain for the corporate law rock-star.