Paralegal Apprenticeship

A great role for someone who wants their first step in legal training whilst gaining case management skills. This apprenticeship delivers paralegal competence in a legal practice area (which one will depend on the employer’s selection). It can lead on to further training to become a Chartered Legal Executive at the end of the apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

In order to apply you will need to:

  • have a minimum of three Cs at A-level, or
  • be a paralegal or working in administration or customer service, or
  • have already completed an intermediate apprenticeship such as the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration and have completed written exams at AS/A Level or have 5 GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths.

At a glance

  • Level: 3

  • Duration: 24–30 months

  • Cost: None to the apprentice

  • Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage

  • Qualification: You will have some exemptions towards the CILEX Professional Qualification Foundation stage

  • Progression upon successful completion: CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice (with exemptions)

What will I learn?

You will be immersed in law from the start – honing your skills in a legal environment and embarking on your academic studies.

You will study the following modules as part of your programme:

  • Legal systems
  • Client Care skills
  • Legal Research skills
  • Law and practice relevant to your role
  • Alongside your formal study, you will develop your workplace skills, building an e-portfolio to demonstrate what you can do.
  • You will study during office hours and be supported throughout by our specialist delivery team

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in the final months of your apprenticeship to ensure that you have met all standards. The final assessment will consist of:

  • An interview supported by your portfolio of evidence
  • Two times online assessments testing your knowledge and practical application of the law

What sort of work will I do?

You will:

  • Contribute to a positive and enthusiastic team environment
  • Work with experienced colleagues to build and process client files
  • Confidentially preparing and word-processing documents and spreadsheets
  • Communicating effectively and confidentially with clients and client data
  • Accurately recording and filing information
  • Using the telephone effectively and professionally in contacting clients and colleagues
  • Quickly and effectively dealing with correspondence

Your day-to-day tasks might include:

  • Working with fee earners, including contact with clients and others involved in the transactions
  • Making and receiving telephone calls so as to provide updates of information to relevant parties as required
  • Preparing and processing correspondence and documents through word processing
  • Assisting with the preparation and collation of correspondence and property reports
  • Ensuring that an effective filing system is maintained
  • Assisting in the dispatch of outgoing correspondence and enclosures
  • Ensuring the confidentiality and security of the firm’s and client documentation and information


Following completion of the Paralegal Apprenticeship you can progress to the CILEX Professional Qualification.

Getting started

As with any job, the first step in obtaining an apprenticeship is to apply for an available role. Alternatively, you can approach your chosen organisation, or current employer, and ask whether they might be interested in taking you on as an apprentice. Please direct them to CILEx Law School for further information or before starting as they’ll need to complete some administrative formalities.

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September 26th, 2018|
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