Legal executives are lawyers who specialise in a particular area of law. The role is similar to that of a solicitor, however the training route is different and their training covers only one or two specialist areas.
Paralegals provide office and case support to solicitors and barristers. They may also have direct contact with clients. Their work is often similar to that of a trainee or newly qualified solicitor.
Legal secretaries provide administrative support in solicitors’ offices and barristers’ chambers.
Court clerks are qualified solicitors or barristers who are assigned to work with magistrates. As magistrates are not qualified lawyers, court clerks are available to brief and give guidance on legal matters.
To qualify as a legal executive, you need to complete a CILEx qualification. This qualification enables you to learn while you earn and many employers provide funding for the course. Non-law graduates need to complete the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice. Law graduates or those who have completed the GDL can complete the Graduate Fast-track Diploma to qualify.
These sectors may be of interest to those who want to work in a legal profession: