Alternative careers in law

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  • Just a few comments in relation to the 'Legal Executive' section.

    Legal Executive lawyers can be Heads of Department in law firms and can oversee the work of solicitors, legal executives, etc. I personally know of Legal Executives who head up teams/departments that are made up of solicitors, legal executives, paralegals etc.

    Legal Executives can become partners in law firms, and since 2009 around 100 have been appointed, including at firms such as Irwin Mitchell, Kennedys, Keoghs and Freeth Cartwright, and this would also put them on a different footing to an 'assistant solicitor'.

    Legal Executives are eligible for judicial appointment, eg: as a District Judge or Tribunal Chairman. The first Legal Executive judge was appointed in 2010.

    Legal Executive Advocates have extended open court rights of audience before courts and tribunals in either Criminal Proceedings, Civil Proceedings or Family Proceedings, and so, for example, a Legal Executive Advocate qualified in Criminal Proceedings can conduct a full trial in the Magistrate's Court.

    Qualified Legal Executives tend to earn between £20,000 and £50,000 a year, and often more in London, and also judicial appointments pay more than this.

    I'm not sure a 'relaxed route' gives an accurate impression, although it is certainly flexible and lower cost and studies can be undertaken at a pace to suit the student.

    However, studying for rigorous Level 6 (honours degree level) exams whilst working in a law firm requires dedication, motivation and commitment, especially as is often the case, whilst having family commitments as well.

    No, 'relaxed' is not the word !

    'Accessible, flexible and rewarding', yes !

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  • Hear hear. I read the Legal Executives section thinking £40,000 per year in London. I earned that over 10 years ago. Relaxed route? Really? Thank you for the post above 1.40pm - for setting the record straight.

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  • Why such praise for a glorified “paraweasel”? I would not be happy to be bossed about by some fool without degree. Why don’t we just let anybody act as a solicitor without the proper training??

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  • There isn't a firm in London currently advertising a paralegal position who would employ someone without their LPC never mind a degree!

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