Paralegal work or training contract?

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  • Where do you see your life going? If there is no room for progression in the firm your in, the best bet would be to move and qualify. You could always qualify into an area you are more interested in. You say your not sure about PI, but if you have never done it how do you know you won't like it?

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  • I am an inhouse paralegal and fully appreciate what a tough decision this is for you. If you want a TC and don't care what area of law your eventually practice in then go for it. However the private practice area of our profession is very clear cut; if you go and train for a high street firm which specialises in welfare areas of law such as PI or immigration you generally will find it difficult (in some cases impossible) to practice in a commercial outfit once qualified. If you are keen to do commercial work then you should think long and hard; you may be going backwards or on completely the wrong course career -wise if you take this TC!! i turned down a TC with a high street firm because i enjoy in-house legal/commercial work. Some may call me fussy but I refuse to be seen as desperate. I am now 1 year away from qualifying as a legal executive lawyer and so once qualified via ILEX; as i have the LPC i can apply to the SRA to be on the roll of solicitors without having to do a training contract. Yes it is a much longer route but i have better exposure in terms of work experience (i work for a global company), and I am developing my commercial acumen every day and i get involved in high profile deals.

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  • Stay in your current job. I am an LPC grad working as an Underwriter and feel the commercial experience I am getting is invaluable. Working in the legal department of a law firm will give you a much broader range of experience to enable you to get a commercial/city TC. I personally wouldn't leave to move into a paralegal role which may or may not lead to a TC (especially if it was PI).

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  • Anon at 2.52

    I'm sure you made the right descision for you but I'm afraid in Order to become a solicitor when you are an CILEx fellow you have to do the LPC AFTER qualifying in order to transfer, so unfortunately you won't be accepted on the role.

    Nothing wrong with being a Legal Exec though.

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  • If I were you I would be very careful. I completed my LPC and worked for a PI firm. The firm which offered paralegal job, what type of law firm it is. is it high street. they said it could turn into training contract. how sure are you, have they stated in writing. I personally expereinced where they say they would offer but at the last minute they give to some one else and which they did in the previous firm i worked for.

    I am sorry to be frank with you, I personally found the personal injury work boring and quite repetitive which would be the case in other area as well. it also depends on what you want to do.

    i did complete LPC but i have no intention to become a Solicitor having worked for high street frims after going thorough so much ordeal. I worked for two differnt law firms and it is quite unfortunate that I did not have great time although i learned so much.

    i am looking for alternative careers as i dont even want to be a paralegal now but my applications are refused as they say i am commited to law.

    i would choose in house instead of law firms

    it is entirely upto you what you want to become and what choice you make.

    best of luck

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