You will be immersed in law from the start – honing your skills in a legal environment and embarking on your academic studies.
Throughout both your technical and competence studies you will receive tutoring, feedback and support from our regionally based team of assessors who are all qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.
You will be assessed in the final months of your apprenticeship to ensure that you have met all standards. CILEX Law School will carry out a final assessment which will test all the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and lead to a graded result. There will be two parts to the assessment – the portfolio and scenarios.
- The portfolio: evidence gathered during the apprenticeship to demonstrate knowledge and competence gained will be compiled and signed off in the final four months of the apprenticeship.
- Scenarios: you will sit two 1.5-hour contextualised scenario assessments under supervision. The first scenario will test your problem solving through a series of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The questions will test knowledge of the English Legal System, and the chosen area of law and practice. The second scenario will test your drafting skills. The test will include MCQs, short-answer questions and drafting exercises. The scenarios will include sufficient coverage (75%) of the relevant CILEx law and practice unit specifications to obtain exemption from the corresponding CILEx units.
To prepare for the knowledge element of the end-point assessment, you will do open-book study exercises during the course of the programme, with marking and feedback provided by our tutors.
On the competence element, our delivery team will assess the development of competence throughout the programme, and will identify relevant evidence for inclusion in the synoptic end-point portfolio.
All CILEx Law School assessors are qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.
- 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
The Paralegal Apprenticeship contributes to the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and to the Chartered Legal Executive qualification. Those completing a Paralegal Apprenticeship can progress on to a Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship once they have completed their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma.
The Paralegal Apprenticeship may also contribute to part of the competence element of the Solicitor Apprenticeship.
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.
You can view current opportunities on our vacancies page.