A great role for someone who wants their first step in legal training whilst gaining case management skills. This apprenticeship delivers paralegal competence in a legal practice area (which one will depend on the employer’s selection). It can lead on to further training to become a Chartered Legal Executive at the end of the apprenticeship.
In order to apply you will need to:
- have minimum of three Cs at A-level, or
- be a paralegal or working in administration or customer service, or
- have already completed an intermediate apprenticeship such as the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration and have completed written exams at AS/A Level or have 5 GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths.
Please note that employers may have additional requirements. Visit our vacancies page for current opportunities and specific entry requirements.
At a glance
Duration: 24–30 months
Cost: None to the apprentice
Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage
Qualification: the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice
What will I learn?
You will be immersed in law from the start – honing your skills in a legal environment and embarking on your academic studies.
Throughout both your technical and competence studies you will receive tutoring, feedback and support from our regionally based team of assessors who are all qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.
You will gain the CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice as part of your apprenticeship. The first unit will be “Introduction to Law and Practice” tested by multiple-choice exam. After this you will complete your assessed assignments in client care and legal research skills. Finally, you will undertake the “synoptic end-point assessment”. Do not worry about the title! It comprises of two supervised written assessments at the end of your apprenticeship by both multiple choice questions and longer scenario-based questions. These test your legal and practice knowledge gained in the area within which you have worked.
These studies are undertaken as part of your apprenticeship and in office hours. They are delivered with lots of support and you have access to help by telephone and online. There will be webinars, some face-to-face teaching, our fabulous Student Area materials and online studies and tasks.
These are undertaken by building a portfolio of your work throughout the apprenticeship which evidences the skills you have developed and the work you have been doing.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in the final months of your apprenticeship to ensure that you have met all standards. CILEX Law School will carry out a final assessment which will test all the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and lead to a graded result. There will be two parts to the assessment – the portfolio and scenarios.
- The portfolio: evidence gathered during the apprenticeship to demonstrate knowledge and competence gained will be compiled and signed off in the final four months of the apprenticeship.
- Scenarios: you will sit two 1.5-hour contextualised scenario assessments under supervision. The first scenario will test your problem solving through a series of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The questions will test knowledge of the English Legal System, and the chosen area of law and practice. The second scenario will test your drafting skills. The test will include MCQs, short-answer questions and drafting exercises. The scenarios will include sufficient coverage (75%) of the relevant CILEx law and practice unit specifications to obtain exemption from the corresponding CILEx units.
To prepare for the knowledge element of the end-point assessment, you will do open-book study exercises during the course of the programme, with marking and feedback provided by our tutors.
On the competence element, our delivery team will assess the development of competence throughout the programme, and will identify relevant evidence for inclusion in the synoptic end-point portfolio.
All CILEx Law School assessors are qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.
What sort of work will I do?
- Contribute to a positive and enthusiastic team environment
- Work with experienced colleagues to build and process client files
- Confidentially preparing and word-processing documents and spreadsheets
- Communicating effectively and confidentially with clients and client data
- Accurately recording and filing information
- Using the telephone effectively and professionally in contacting clients and colleagues
- Quickly and effectively dealing with correspondence
Your day-to-day tasks might include:
- Working with fee earners, including contact with clients and others involved in the transactions
- Making and receiving telephone calls so as to provide updates of information to relevant parties as required
- Preparing and processing correspondence and documents through word processing
- Assisting with the preparation and collation of correspondence and property reports
- Ensuring that an effective filing system is maintained
- Assisting in the dispatch of outgoing correspondence and enclosures
- Ensuring the confidentiality and security of the firm’s and client documentation and information
The Paralegal Apprenticeship contributes to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and to the Chartered Legal Executive qualification. Those completing a Paralegal Apprenticeship can also move on to a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.
The chart below provides an overview of the progression path to qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
The Paralegal Apprenticeship may also contribute to part of the competence element of the Solicitor Apprenticeship.
As with any job, the first step in obtaining an apprenticeship is to apply for an available role. Alternatively, you can approach your chosen organisation, or current employer, and ask whether they might be interested in taking you on as an apprentice. Please direct them to CILEx Law School for further information or before starting as they’ll need to complete some administrative formalities.
You can view current opportunities on our vacancies page.