Paralegals

The Company Charging Wannabe Lawyers Hundreds Of Pounds For Paralegal Job Interviews

As the odds of landing a training contract or pupillage grow longer, and wannabe lawyers become increasingly desperate, the, er, entrepreneurs keep circling. First there was Aston Carter’s infamous pay-to-be-a-paralegal scheme, next came Tooks barristers’ notorious £186 pupillage application advice event. And now there’s the “New York Dream Career Program”, as part of which London-based… Read more »

Is A 2:2 A Kiss Of Death For Wannabe Lawyers?

Anthony Lyons is a charming, intelligent part-time LPC student who works as a paralegal at top London law firm Mishcon de Reya. What’s more, Lyons boasts an entrepreneurial zeal, organising the #AskaTrainee Twitter Q&A through his impressive social media following. In short, he’s the sort of person who you’d expect to walk into a training… Read more »

JOB ALERT: Immigration Paralegal

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… Read more »

JOB ALERT: Criminal Paralegal

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… Read more »

Killing Time In Pre-Pupillage Purgatory

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… Read more »

REVEALED: £30K Buys a TC, £9K a Paralegal Post

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… Read more »

Who Are You Calling a Paralegal?

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 –… Read more »

Kingsley Napley Trainee Solicitor Nets Brit Award

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,… Read more »

Why Law Graduates Can be Choosers

GDL graduate Cathryn Kozlowski on why she turned down a paralegal job With more and more law graduates working as paralegals before commencing the Legal Practice Course (LPC), the demand for such positions is almost as fierce as for training contracts themselves. The majority of paralegal recruitment companies specify that candidates must have either completed… Read more »

MORE TO LIFE THAN LAW

Follow @pondcat Law graduates’ transferable skills give them an advantage in the non-legal job market, says Cat Pond If you study law, you go into law. Simple enough, surely? Well, not to the growing number of law graduates currently branching out into a variety of different sectors. A glance at a selection of university surveys… Read more »

‘WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2099’

Follow @DTollervey88 Daryl Tollervey rues firms’ custom of recruiting trainees so far in advance Trying to secure a training contract is like trying to wash yourself after removing the plug from the bath. If you don’t finish the job in time, you’re in for a long wait – in bathing terms, until the bath is… Read more »

EARLY SHINE WEARS OFF NEW TRAINING SCHEME

Follow @flo_duguid Law graduate Flora Duguid isn’t impressed by the new solicitor training scheme Accutrainee The more I think about Acculaw (or Accutrainee as the new training scheme for wannabe lawyers was recently re-branded), the more it reminds me of a pair of Jimmy Choos in a charity shop. Both look fantastic at first sight,… Read more »