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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:

Pay

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

Salaries for paralegals are usually around £18,000 to £25,000 a year. Experienced paralegals can earn up to £35,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
5688
2.7 %
RISE
2023
5840
  United Kingdom
2018
77902
1.9 %
RISE
2023
79348

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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

Civil Litigation - Debt Recovery, Civil Litigation - Family Law, Civil Litigation - Reparation Law, Commercial Conveyancing, Company Secretarial, Criminal Litigation, Employment Law, Liquor Licensing, Repossession Litigation, Remortgage, Residential Conveyancing, and Wills and Executries.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Central Law Training (Scotland)
Tel: 0141 225 6706
E-mail: paralegal@clt.scot
Website: http://www.clt.scot/paralegal
Twitter: @CLTParalegal

Law Society of Scotland
Tel: 0131 226 7411
E-mail: lawscot@lawscot.org.uk
Website: http://www.lawscot.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.lawscotjobs.co.uk
Twitter: @lawscotjobs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLawSocietyofScotland

Lawscot Jobs is the recruitment website from the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

Scottish Paralegal Association
E-mail: info@scottish-paralegal.org.uk
Website: http://www.scottish-paralegal.org.uk/
Twitter: @scotparalegals

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Website: http://www.sfjuk.com/
Twitter: @Skills_Justice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforjustice

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.

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