Training for law graduate paralegals
An employee who is a law graduate is well on the way to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. To satisfy the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a law graduate needs to pass the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma, which comprises two Level 6 legal practice units and the Level 6 Client Care Skills unit. The benefits of up-skilling your staff are considerable, and the total cost of approximately £2,948 is considerably less expensive than the Legal Practice Course.
A period of qualifying employment of three years is required, one of which must occur after the completion of the Diploma. Further information on qualifying employment is available in the How to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive page. It is likely that the work currently being carried out by your staff can be counted towards their qualifying employment.
Achieve improved outcomes for your clients
Advanced client care skills are taught (negotiation and complaints handling), so you’ll have the peace of mind that your law graduates possess the skills to achieve the best outcomes for your clients. The client care skills course is a serious piece of work taking up to 76 hours’ study time, resulting in real improvements in the client-facing role.
Your law graduate staff will not have studied legal practice formally, so the detailed knowledge they gain in legal process and procedures will make them more productive. The wide choice of practice subjects offered means that your staff can select two practice subjects to reflect their precise training requirements. The recommended study time for each course is 190 hours. The courses, which are set at LPC-level, include:
- Civil Litigation
- The Practice of Company and Partnership Law
- Criminal Litigation
- The Practice of Employment Law
- The Practice of Family Law
- Probate Practice
So, for example, if you wanted to upskill the graduate paralegals in your employment department you would choose the Practice of Employment Law and Civil Litigation. Client Care Skills are also studied.
Improve your recruitment and retention
By offering your law graduates this training and career path, you will recruit the candidates you want, and be in a position to manage that talent. Increased staff satisfaction will mean that you experience a reduced attrition rate. A low staff turnover means that your firm’s productivity and client work won’t suffer. Instead customer loyalty will be strengthened through improved customer service.
Charge higher fees
You may be able to use higher charge out rates for your law graduates’ time. Having completed the CILEx Graduate Fast-track Diploma and the required period of qualifying employment to become Chartered Legal Executive lawyers your law graduates can command a higher hourly rate. This is approximately £40 per hour more for Chartered Legal Executives than for paralegals, under the guideline rates for summary assessment of costs. This will enable you to recoup your investment in just 11 chargeable hours. The total costs of convering a law graduate paralegal are shown below:
CILEx Law School course fees:
2 x Level 6 practice courses £1,141.66 (£1,370 including VAT)
1 x Level 6 Client Care Skills £570.83 (£685.00 including VAT)
3 x administration fees £25.00 (£30.00 including VAT)
CILEx 2015 fees (these do not attract VAT):
CILEx first registration £40
CILEx Associate Member fee £185
Law Graduate exemption fee £200
2 x Level 6 practice unit exam entry fees (2015 exam sessions) £217
1 x Level 6 professional skills assessment fee (2015 exam sessions) £66
TOTAL COST £2,605.49 (£2,948 including VAT)
Get in touch
If you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please contact Jenny Pelling, our Director of Business and Apprenticeships, on 01234 844326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.