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Don’t underestimate career paralegals

Amanda Hamilton explains why the legal profession needs to embrace all paralegals, not just those who aspire to become solicitors

12 September 2017

In the past, there have been stories of graduates offering their paralegal services to solicitors in order to gain experience, only to end up a year later with such a huge workload that they are not leaving the office till 9 or 10 o’clock at night – and still not getting paid. Fortunately, these stories are dying out, and we are moving towards different attitudes about the value that this group of bright people can offer to the legal services sector.

It has to be made clear that paralegals are not always graduates looking for training contracts or ‘would-be’ solicitors. A large percentage are looking to be recognised as professionals in their own right. However, for those who are looking to become solicitors, it remains to be seen whether the new solicitors qualifying examination will be beneficial.

Currently, to qualify as a solicitor, an individual ...

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