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Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme

If you’ve ever hoped to carve out a successful career in law, the Irwin Mitchell Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme could be for you. 

Our Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme gives you the opportunity to begin a legal career and join one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms. You will gain first-hand experience working within real legal teams and helping to deliver an excellent service to our clients. As part of the apprenticeship you’ll study for the CILEx NVQ Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship – and the costs of this will be met by the firm.

Depending on the location, you could join our teams in:

You’ll help case handlers provide quality legal advice to our clients and progress cases efficiently, becoming an important part of the case management team. Working closely with other team members, you’ll support partners where appropriate, which may include:

  • Preparing bundles of documentation and drafting key legal documents
  • Managing files for legal matters
  • Drafting legal documents
  • Speaking with clients 
  • Booking appointments
  • Opening and closing files 

About Irwin Mitchell

Founded in 1912 by Walter Irwin Mitchell, we’ve since expanded to become a national law firm with international capability. We’ve helped over one million clients in our 100 year history. They include national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium-sized businesses and private individuals.

We have an established network of 14 offices across the UK and are the 11th largest law firm in the country. We currently employ over 2,500 members of staff, including more than 1,000 legally trained personnel. The Business Legal Services division is the fastest-growing area of the firm, with an increasing number of global, national and regional companies choosing to work with us.

Supporting our local communities has always been an important part of our company, which is why we take pride in our social responsibility activity. The Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), a charity set up in 1997, has since donated more than £1 million to worthy local and national causes. We take voluntary work seriously, providing every employee with 14 hours to use on voluntary work each year, giving something back to our communities.

Your Training

Under our Paralegal Apprenticeship programme you’ll receive:

  • Job-specific training through working alongside experienced staff.
  • A competency-based qualification to demonstrate you have the skills required to carry out the job. These are assessed by breaking down the contents of the jobs within your specific occupation into tasks called units of competence, and will be measured through observations, assessments and witness testimony.
  • A technical qualification that includes the knowledge needed to become a qualified legal executive.

Your academic and competency training will be through CILEx Law School, which has strong employer links in the legal sector. Law firms are increasingly using CILEx Law School training to develop support staff into fee earning roles through legal apprenticeships like ours. For more information, please visit their website.

Your Benefits

In line with the Living Wage Foundation recommendations, we will pay you a generous salary. We also have an exciting benefits package in addition to your competitive basic salary, including a contributory pension scheme, critical illness cover, health cash plan, death in service payments, discounted legal services and 25 days holiday. We also offer an on-site canteen and Starbucks, corporate gym membership, plus many more exciting discounts. 

Key Information

  • Duration of apprenticeship: 24 months
  • Assessments for the Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme will take place in July 2017

To Apply

Applications for the Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme are currently closed.

You can apply for the Apprenticeship on our recruitment portal.

You will need five GCSE grades A to C or equivalent, including Maths and English. You will also need three A-level grades C or above or equivalent, excluding General Studies (these can be predicted at application stage but any offer will be subject to attaining these grades).

For more information, please download our factsheet on the Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme.

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