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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

Our 24-month apprenticeship gives you the knowledge, experience and qualification you need to start a career as a paralegal.

Paralegals help solicitors prepare cases for trial and progress transactions. This involves creating and organising case files, contacting clients, and performing legal research.

You’ll get hands-on experience with all of this and more at Irwin Mitchell, one of the UK’s most successful law firms. You’ll also learn essential skills through an academic study program run by the Charted Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Your exact role will depend on which team you work in - you can work in human rights, family law, personal injury, business law, and more.

You’ll earn a starting salary of £16,289 (£18,928 in London) and get a range of employee benefits too.

Who’s It For?

This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for school leavers to get a head start on a legal career without going to university. It’s also suitable for anyone looking for a change of career.

If you have a law degree, you already have a higher level qualification than the one provided by this apprenticeship. You could apply for a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or a training contract with us instead - visit our Graduate Recruitment website for more information.

What Will I Study?

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

Your studies will be split into three sections – Law and legal practice, legal research, and client care. You’ll be assessed on the skills and knowledge you display at work and with written exams.

See more info about 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 Get?

You’ll receive a Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice when you finish the apprenticeship. This means that you’re a fully qualified paralegal.

What Are The Entry Requirements?

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

If using the numbered GCSE grading system, you’ll need 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4.

What Can I Do After My Apprenticeship?

As a fully-qualified paralegal, there’ll be lots of opportunities open to you in the legal industry, but many of our apprentices choose to continue their careers at Irwin Mitchell.

You can start a successful career as a paralegal straight away in your chosen area of law. Or you could improve your qualifications with further study, such as our Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

Awards & Accreditations

We're proud to have our hard work recognised by leading industry organisations, both as a law firm and as an employer.