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Paralegals help qualified solicitors to carry out work on cases and to give legal advice to clients. They will usually specialise in a particular area of law.

The Work

Your work would be supervised by a qualified solicitor. Specific duties would depend on the area of law specialised in.

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for paralegals are usually around £21,000 to £30,000 a year. Experienced paralegals can earn up to £40,000 a year.


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Getting In

There are three main ways to become a paralegal.

You can get in through a Modern Apprenticeship.

You can study full time at college or university and then look for work as a trainee paralegal.

You can study part time while working for a law firm in a clerical or administrative role.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

There are currently 12 areas of practice which paralegals can practice in:

Civil Court Practice; Commercial Conveyancing; Company Law; Criminal Law; Debt Recovery; Employment Law; Family Law; Licensing Law; Local Government Law; Reparation Law; Residential Conveyancing; and Wills, Trusts and Executries.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

CLT Scotland
Tel: 0141 225 6700
Twitter: @CLTParalegal

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