Becoming a Paralegal: FAQs

Here, you can find an overview of all the main questions around what being a paralegal entails. For more in-depth information, take a look at our What is a Paralegal page and our How to Become a Paralegal page.

What is a paralegal?

This is a legal role that requires an in-depth knowledge of law and legal matters, but is not a qualified lawyer, such as a solicitor, a barrister or a chartered legal executive.

What does a paralegal do?

They provide support to solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives in a number of different tasks, from administrative to taking care of clients. Find out more.

What is the average paralegal salary?

Whilst these vary massively, a typical starting paralegal salary would most likely be between £17,000 to £25,000. This increases to around £40,000 with experience.

What are paralegal apprenticeships?

These are for school leavers with good academic records and strong A-Levels who wish to complete paralegal training within a law-firm rather than through a degree, LPC etc. Find out more about apprenticeships.

What qualifications do I need to become a paralegal?

A-Levels are a basic start, if you want to apply for an apprenticeship. Otherwise, a minimum of a 2:2 at degree level for most law firms and possibly even the completion of the LPC.

Do I need a degree to become a paralegal?

Not technically, although it may be beneficial considering the competitive nature of the career path. You can apply for apprenticeships in this role.

What’s the difference between a paralegal and a legal assistant?

Whilst both do basic legal research and are sometimes used interchangeably, there are a couple of differences – paralegals tend to have university degrees, more involvement with cases and higher salaries.

What skill-sets suit this career?

What areas can I specialise in?

There are many, but here are a few to get you started:

Where can I get further help?

You can join our Facebook Help group here!

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