Paralegal Apprenticeship

Providing legal support, including administrative tasks, carrying out research and drafting legal documents and forms.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over.
    • Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. Our recommendation of entry requirements is below:
      • GCSE Maths & English – grade C or above (or equivalent).
      • 2 x A Level (or equivalent) – minimum grade C
  • Qualification

    The following qualifications meet the requirements for the Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Paralegals. They do not represent an exhaustive list.

    CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services

    Completing this standard should also provide exemptions for the Solicitor Apprentice standard and the

    Legal Executive standard.

  • Duration

    24 months

  • Level


  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Hayes/ Harrow campus.

  • Employers involved in creating the standard

    Addleshaw Goddard, Barclays, Browne Jacobson, Burges Salmon, Clyde and Co, DAC Beachcroft, Dentons, DWF, Eversheds, Gateley LLP, Kennedys Law, Lewis Silkin, Mayer Brown, Olswang, Pannone LLP, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Simmons & Simmons, Stephenson Harwood, Thomas Eggar, Withers, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CiLEX), Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Occupational profile

Provide legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be carried out, but are not exclusive to this role include:

  • Managing data/records
  • Reviewing documents
  • Drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms
  • Assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
  • Carrying out research
  • Handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Understand and utilise basic financial information
  • Communicating (written and oral) with internal and external clients
Link to professional registration and progression

Successful completion of this standard enables the apprentice to apply to become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Chartered membership can be achieved through further qualifications or experience based assessment.

This apprenticeship could be an entry level role to the business, however, it is more likely to be a progression from a lower level role or apprenticeship, building on the knowledge and skills gained in that role or apprenticeship. On completion of this apprenticeship, the individual will be fully competent in the role and this will give them an in depth knowledge of HR in their chosen option. They can then continue to develop in that option (perhaps through a further apprenticeship), or broaden their HR expertise in another area to develop their career. Separately, there are a range of qualifications available for further study up to post graduate level.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training that includes:

  1. Knowledge modules learning the fundamental knowledge, through a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops
  2. A work-based portfolio to demonstrate the skills you have learnt at work related projects and
  3. An end-point assessment.

The modules included in this programme are:

KnowledgeWhat is required
Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • Have an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the role.
  • Maintain sufficient competence and legal knowledge to work effectively - relevant law, research.
  • Avoid working outside their area of knowledge and competence, seek guidance and support where needed.
  • Use understanding and analysis to solve problems.
  • Technical Legal Practice
  • Undertake legal and factual research and present the findings accurately and clearly.
  • Use precedents and draft documents, using plain and succinct language.
  • Assist with legal matters and transactions.
  • Managing themselves and their own work
  • Manage work activities to ensure that they are completed on time and to an appropriate standard, including: a) Keep others informed of progress; b) Ability to work under pressure and willingness to accept changing priorities when new jobs need to be done; c) Paying appropriate attention to detail.
  • Practise good file management - prepare and collate bundles, take and file accurate notes, close and review files, maintain databases, version control.
  • Work in accordance with good business practice - maintain an understanding of the basic financial drivers, time recording and billing processes relevant to the role and firm.
  • Working with other people
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with others, including an ability to work with people at all levels towards achieving internal and external clients' and team objectives.