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How to Become a Paralegal

Now you know what a paralegal is, you can read the steps that lead to becoming one!


Step-by-Step Guide

How to Become a Paralegal: Step 1 – Qualifications

Ideally, you should have completed:

NB: Paralegals with a qualifying law degree (or equivalent) and those who have completed their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice may become Associate Members of The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to give them professional standing and recognition within the legal sector.

How to Become a Paralegal: Step 2 – Applications

Apply to law firms and other organisations with vacancies, or apply through legal recruiting agencies – a simple internet search should reveal a variety of nationwide opportunities. The paralegal application process is actually very similar to that of the training contract application process. Therefore, for more general hints and application tips visit our training contract applications page.

How to Become a Paralegal: Step 3 – Interviews

Again, the paralegal interview process is actually very similar to that of the training contract interview process. For more general hints and interview tips please therefore visit our training contract interviews page.

How to Become a Paralegal: Step 4 – Begin your new career!

If you are successful in your applications – begin your new career.

Paralegal Case Study

We caught up with Amy, a paralegal in the dispute resolution department at Farrer & Co. Amy discusses the highs and the lows of the job along with some top tips for success.

Paralegal Help Group

We also have a new Facebook group for all aspiring paralegals, where you can ask questions and share advice. Join it here!

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