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Paralegal

Course Code: A3/0042/00


Subject area: Business, Management & HR

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 24 months
When you'll study: 1 day a week in college

About the course

During this Apprenticeship you will learn to provide legal and administration support whilst working under the supervision of experienced professionals.

A paralegal executive apprentice will carry out a range of jobs and take on many responsibilities that they would not be required to do on an academic course, giving you a range of knowledge and experience within the legal sector. These activities might include:

  • managing data/records
  • reviewing documents
  • drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms
  • assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
  • carrying out research
  • handling confidential and sensitive information
  • understand and utilise basic financial information
  • communicating (written and oral) with internal and external clients.
What you'll learn

For this Apprenticeship you will cover a range of outcomes split into units.

Ethics, professionalism and judgement

  • Have an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the role.
  • Maintain sufficient competence and legal knowledge to work effectively – relevant law, research.
  • Avoid working outside their area of knowledge and competence, seek guidance and support where needed.
  • Use understanding and analysis to solve problems.

Technical legal practice

  • Undertake legal and factual research and present the findings accurately and clearly.
  • Use precedents and draft documents, using plain and succinct language.
  • Assist with legal matters and transactions.

Managing themselves and their own work

  • Manage work activities to ensure that they are completed on time and to an appropriate standard, including: keep others informed of progress; ability to work under pressure and willingness to accept changing priorities when new jobs need to be done; paying appropriate attention to detail.
  • Practise good file management – prepare and collate bundles, take and file accurate notes, close and review files, maintain databases, version control.
  • Work in accordance with good business practice – maintain an understanding of the basic financial drivers, time recording and billing processes relevant to the role and firm.

Working with other people

  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with others, including an ability to work with people at all levels towards achieving internal and external clients’ and team objectives.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an employer to begin your learning journey.

Assessments/Exams

In order to achieve this Apprenticeship you will have to pass an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 24 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

What's next?

This industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit your own particular interests. You could progress into full-time employment in a number of different settings, including banks, solicitors, estate agents, courts and police stations.

Important information

By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessment procedure and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.

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