This is a a 18 month work based training course.
About the Course
The Paralegal workforce is varied and ranges from those working to support solicitors and other regulated professionals to those working in central government and local authority or corporate organisations.
An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.
On completion of the Apprenticeship, you must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in a range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
The wide range of roles includes:
- Junior Paralegal
- Legal Assistant
- Trainee Legal Executive
- Conveyancing Assistant
- Litigation Assistant
An apprenticeship consists of a framework (or collection), of qualifications and training which consists of 4 days in the workplace receiving on-the-job training and 1 day in College where you will complete classes to prepare you for the qualifications which make up the framework.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement but the College has many links with local solicitors and interviews can be arranged which often result in successful employment. In order to gain a place on the apprenticeship programme you will need to attend an information session at College, produce an up to date CV and work with the College staff to improve your employment prospects.
There is the potential to offer several pathways for the aspiring legal apprentice. The most popular is Civil Litigation; however other options can include Employment Practice or Property. Please speak to us regarding your preference.
Will this course suit me?
The course will suit you if you have an interest in law, an enquiring mind, and an appetite for independent research. An ability to deal with people at all levels and develop effective working relationships with clients seeking legal advice is a must along with a willingness to work as part of a team within the office. The course will be demanding and require home study to achieve success in the academic qualifications as well as working 4 days a week.
CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Civil Litigation: dealing with disputes between 2 or more parties who will be seeking damages other than criminal sanctions.
The Units studied are:
Client Care Skills Professional skills unit
Legal Research Skills - Professional skills unit
Civil Litigation - Legal Practice
Contract Law - Knowledge unit
As an apprentice, you may sit the Introduction to Law & Practice unit although this does not form part of the apprenticeship framework. This optional 5th unit will complete the number of units required for the Certificate in Law & Practice at level 3.
Please speak to us regarding other qualification pathways.
- 5 GCSEs at 4-9 or acceptable alternatives, plus a minimum grade 4 in English language and Maths.
You will also need to gain a suitable employer. You can do this through searching for vacancies on our website http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/apprenticeship/vacancies/ and applying directly to the employer. This will be followed by a competitive interview process.
Or by approaching employers yourself to ask if they will take on an apprentice. Once you find a suitable employer you should contact the college with their details.