How to Become a Paralegal
Now you know what a paralegal is, you can read the steps that lead to becoming one!
How to Become a Paralegal: Step 1 – Qualifications
Ideally, you should have completed:
- A qualifying law degree (with 2:2 (hons) as a minimum); or
- A non-law degree (with 2:2 (hons) as a minimum) and a law conversion course such as the GDL
- Previous paralegal work/general law work experience (not always a prerequisite but preferred by law firms in many cases)
- A pass on the LPC (again, not always a prerequisite but preferred by law firms in many cases).
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.