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    Which education pathway would you recommend for a future career as a Paralegal? Is it better to take on a governmental apprenticeship or is University more suitable?
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    Which education pathway would you recommend for a future career as a Paralegal? Is it better to take on a governmental apprenticeship or is University more suitable?
    An apprenticeship will be more valuable I think. You don't pay anything for it unlike university; you get paid ,even if minimal amounts BUT you get experience which is vital!



    Uni is good if you want to go even further and become a solicitor or barrister. You can become a paralegal even without any formal education like uni. If you get a job in a law firm, they can train you up. Another alternative for you is a Legal Executive. Takes years to qualify and there is not much difference between them and a solicitor but it takes years to qualify.



    If I was you, I would go with an apprenticeship. Will save you a lot of hard work when you look for jobs later because you would already have experience.
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    There are now "Access to Law" schemes. Bond Dickinson is a pathfinder firm in this respect, have a look through their careers section, it will give you an insight into the different ways.

    Paralegaling can be a career in itself, but it is mostly populated by students trying to get Training Contracts, and therefore have a strong legal knowledge already.

    Lawyer2B did a good article on Paralegals: http://l2b.thelawyer.com/paralegal-h...heck-survey-2/
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    An apprenticeship will be more valuable I think. You don't pay anything for it unlike university; you get paid ,even if minimal amounts BUT you get experience which is vital!



    Uni is good if you want to go even further and become a solicitor or barrister. You can become a paralegal even without any formal education like uni. If you get a job in a law firm, they can train you up. Another alternative for you is a Legal Executive. Takes years to qualify and there is not much difference between them and a solicitor but it takes years to qualify.



    If I was you, I would go with an apprenticeship. Will save you a lot of hard work when you look for jobs later because you would already have experience.
    Thanks for the advice was very helpful
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    (Original post by Mimir)
    There are now "Access to Law" schemes. Bond Dickinson is a pathfinder firm in this respect, have a look through their careers section, it will give you an insight into the different ways.

    Paralegaling can be a career in itself, but it is mostly populated by students trying to get Training Contracts, and therefore have a strong legal knowledge already.

    Lawyer2B did a good article on Paralegals: http://l2b.thelawyer.com/paralegal-h...heck-survey-2/
    Great i'll have a look at the link
 
 
 
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