Employability of legal executives

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  • Hi
    The quick answer to your question is that whatever path you take, it'll be tough. Determinants of your success are likely to include the the grade of degree you achieve, your experience and complementary skills, as well has possession of a professional qualification.

    The Chartered Legal Exec route is becoming really popular with law graduates. It's not suitable for everyone, but for those who want to work in high street type specialisms/general commercial work, it's ideal. The great benefit is that the CILEx qual is relatively inexpensive and can be acquired while working as a paralegal. And although not easy to find, paralegal work is easier to come by than a training contract.

    While snobbery does exist, I'm not sure whether anyone really looks behind the label of solicitor. Moreover, attitudes towards Chartered Legal execs are changing- let's face it, if the managing partner is one, it's perhaps best to accord the respect that his or her qualifcation and status deserves! If there is snobbery, then it's marbelled through the whole education process. So I'd follow a path that suits your career aspiations: if your circumstances are such that CILEx training is suitable, then don't be put off by the odd old fashioned misconception.

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  • In a word - very. Part of the legal exec (now Chartered) route is to study whilst in legal employment, which I believe they help you find. After full admission you can convert to becoming a solicitor without a TC.


    Unfortunatly there always has been a large amount of prejudice against legal exec's, sometimes even referred to on here as "glorified paralegals" by certain snooty posters. But as TC's are reducing and the legal services market is increasingly commercialised in conjunction with the slashed to legal aid, there is an increasing recognition of legal exec's and the value they hold.

    That said, from what I know if you want commercial practice legal exec's are not very common whereas in more high-street style practice areas (eg employment, family) they often outnumber solicitors in offices. Make your choice based on your area of interest.

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  • I couldn't comment on prejudice towards legal executives, but the shrinking number of training contracts is due to a reduced demand for solicitors in general, regardless of which route they have taken.

    It's a tough job market out there, and I can't imagine the CILEX route making it any easier to become an NQ!

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  • I agree with Anne. Depends on what area of law you wish to go into. If I could go back in time I would probably have not done the LPC but the ILEX route instead. The costs difference in achieving that qualification is a no brainer.

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