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Paralegal Apprenticeship

“I’ve been part of the Irwin Mitchell apprenticeship scheme since September 2016, and have enjoyed every minute of it.”

Ellie Clarkson, Apprentice Paralegal

Paralegals support solicitors in preparing cases for trial and progressing transactions. This involves creating and organising case files, as well as contacting clients and performing legal research. The role varies depending on the team you’re placed in and offers a great grounding for a career in law.

This apprenticeship will give you the experience and qualification needed to make a successful career as a paralegal.

Who Is It For?

This is a 24-month apprenticeship perfect for anyone who wants to gain hands-on legal experience at one of the UK’s most successful law firms.

This apprenticeship is a great alternative to university, as it gives you the chance to earn while you learn. It also helps you to work towards a Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice, helping to develop your career from day one.

What Will I Study?

The academic part of the apprenticeship is delivered by CILEx Law School via distance learning.

View more information on what you’ll study and the work you’ll do as part of your apprenticeship on the CILEx Law School website.

What Qualification Will I Gain?

When you finish this apprenticeship, you’ll receive a Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice. This means that you’re a fully qualified paralegal.

What Are The Entry Requirements?

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C, specifically Maths and English. You’ll also need 3 A Levels Grade C or above.

If using the numbered GCSE grading system, you’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4. For more information on how these grades are changing, visit the gov.uk website.

If you have a law degree, you already have a higher level qualification than provided by this apprenticeship. In this case, you could apply for a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or a training contract with us. Visit our Graduate Recruitment website for more information.

What Could I Progress To When I Finish My Apprenticeship?

There are a number of opportunities open to you at Irwin Mitchell. You could continue as a paralegal, and build a successful career in this role. Or you could use further study to progress, such as with the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

About Irwin Mitchell

Founded in 1912, Irwin Mitchell has helped over one million clients so far. These include individuals, small businesses, as well as national and international organisations. We currently employ over 2,500 people across 14 offices.

The IMCF (Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation) was set up in 1997 and has so far donated over £1 million to local and national causes. We give all our employees 14 hours a year to use on voluntary work, to give back to our communities.

Why Work For Irwin Mitchell?

Our apprentices receive a full benefits package including:

  • 25 days holiday
  • Recognition scheme
  • Sports team sponsorship
  • Travel season ticket loan
  • Health plan
  • Contributory pension scheme

We pay our apprentices a generous starting salary of £16,289 (£18,928 in London).

We encourage all our people to embody our brand values:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity

Our combination of empathy and legal knowledge is a strength that differentiates us from many other law firms.

We're committed to creating a positive working environment that maximises your potential while promoting work-life balance.


How To Apply

Applications for 2018 Apprenticeships are now closed.

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