If you have completed your A-Levels and you’re interested in a career in law, you should apply for Attwells’ work experience programme. This will give you the opportunity to experience life in a medium-sized law firm that specialises in property. The programme is designed to give you a look inside a law firm and will test your personal skills to see if you are a good fit as a lawyer. At the end of the programme feedback will be provided.
Join us as an Administrator or Assistant
The first step of your career will enable you to gain experience in working in a legal office.
You will start doing general admin jobs and helping around the office. The role will be mainly based on reception and will include dealing with post, scanning documents, helping with quotes, registering property transactions, and other items. This will give you the opportunity to progress into becoming a legal assistant once you have gained enough experience and knowledge to be able to support one of our lawyers.
As a legal assistant, you will usually be based in our conveyancing department. Here you will work alongside a senior paralegal or lawyer and will be supporting them in their legal work. You will have a lot of client contact and you will learn the legal conveyancing process. The lawyer you will be working with will organise your daily schedule and you will be paid the real living wage.
Become a Junior Paralegal
Under supervision, you will now be starting to carry out independent legal work for your own clients. You will be responsible for a small caseload and will be seeing your client’s matters through from instruction to completion. Our case management system will guide you through the necessary steps of the matter and your colleagues and supervisor will be on hand to answer your questions as new situations arise.
After this, you will then begin your legal qualification with us once you have had your own files for a year. If you are focusing on property then you will be enrolled in the Council of Licensed Conveyancers Lawyer Qualification (CLC).
If you are focusing on other legal disciplines, then the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Qualification (CILEX) will be a more suitable course for you. Either of these courses will be funded by Attwells. You will be paid the real living wage plus £1000.
Become a Paralegal
Your caseload is now building as your knowledge and confidence grow. You will need less support and will start to give support to junior colleagues. As a paralegal, you will be paid the real living wage plus £2000.
Become a Senior Paralegal
As a senior paralegal, you are now an experienced fee earner at the firm. In this role, you will not require daily supervision and you will be providing support to other paralegals and legal assistants. As a senior paralegal, you will now be experienced in a wide range of areas in your legal discipline and will be able to handle more complex cases. Your salary will be between £20,000 and £29,000 per year.
- 24 months
- Qualified licensed conveyancer/ CILEX lawyer total time approx. 6 – 7 years