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Paralegal Apprenticeship

This two year qualification has been developed with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to give an understanding of the legal environment. It is designed to assist Law firms to recruit talented, young people and develop them into fee-earning roles, as well as to train and develop existing members of staff. This Apprenticeship is a partnership between the employer, employee and college. It is designed to give students an insight into the legal profession. It provides an excellent training mechanism to provide routes into higher education. It is a structured programme of learning which combines work-based learning with academic learning.

This Apprenticeship will find you working as a Paralegal, undertaking a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organising files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. They are also involved in a lot of different aspects of the legal profession and can assist in:

– Taking statements from witnesses.
– Interviewing clients and passing on relevant information.
– Researching cases and any pertinent legal information needed.
– Helping Solicitors/Legal Executives prepare for court cases, including opening and closing arguments and aiding in court pleadings or motions.

Course Info

Subject Area
Course Type
Sutton Coldfield College

Entry Requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria however, for entry onto this apprenticeship, applicants must have 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 and above or equivalent including English and maths, 2 A levels and or relevant experience. Learners will need to be 18+ to apply for this course.

Delivery and Assessment

Combining technical training delivered by industry experts with in work development, the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services, has been designed by employers to ensure that it meets the legal sector’s needs.


After completing this standard, employees could potentially progress to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or the Solicitor Apprenticeship. In a non-Apprenticeship role, learners wishing to progress their studies towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer can move onto the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. After completing this and the required qualifying employment period, a candidate would qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Career Opportunities

  • Barristers
  • Solicitors
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Legal Executives