Paralegal Apprenticeship Programme | Irwin Mitchell

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 through Government sponsorship.

Apprenticeships are available in our Birmingham, Leeds, London and Sheffield offices. 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 

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.

About Irwin Mitchell

Founded in 1912 by Walter Irwin Mitchell, we’ve since expanded from a small legal practice in Sheffield to 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 11 offices across the UK and are the 19th largest law firm in the country. We currently employ over 2,800 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.

Key Information

Applications for the 2016 Apprenticeship Programme are now closed, but we will be accepting applications again in 2017.

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).

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to IMApprenticeships@irwinmitchell.com. Please ensure you advise which location you are interested in.

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