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Clayton Legal on Jobsite

27/02/2017
Posted by: Whitney Griffiths

Naomi Melling, Legal Recruitment Manager at Clayton Legal, was recently quoted in Jobsite discussing the role of a paralegal - a very popular option for those considering a career in law.  So what does it involve and what did Naomi have to say on the subject?

With competition for coveted training contracts at an all-time high, many graduates enter the profession as a paralegal before they embark on further training. Most are employed by law firms, in house legal teams or public sector bodies and work with qualified lawyers to assist with their workloads.

The role of a paralegal

The role of a paralegal is incredibly varied and this is largely dependent on what area of law they are working in. Day-to-day activities could include carrying out legal research, preparing files for an upcoming court case, or interviewing witnesses ahead of a trial.

For those hoping to qualify as a solicitor, the skills learnt as a paralegal are incredibly valuable when the time comes to apply for training contracts. The ability to gain hands on experience and work alongside qualified lawyers offers a fantastic opportunity to truly understand what life as a solicitor is really like. As Marie Dancer, Partner at Richard Nelson LLP, who was also quoted in the piece explains:  “A job as a paralegal is the first step to gaining the necessary knowledge before becoming a solicitor. You have the benefit of learning the ins and outs of the job all before committing to a training contract. It also allows you to ask the necessary questions of a solicitor about the work environment to familiarise yourself with the nature and role of the job.”

Is it right for everyone?

Whilst working as a paralegal is seen as a viable route for those looking to qualify as a solicitor, it isn’t for everyone. Good organisation and communication skills are an absolute must. This is a point our own Naomi discussed in the article: “The job will require a high level of organisational skills in order to juggle the multiple cases you may be working on, as well as good research and communication abilities.”

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