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Paralegals: Your business acumen could set you apart from the crowd

A wealth of paralegal experience is not always a hindrance in the hunt for an elusive training contract, writes Charlotte Parkinson

16 February 2016

Recently published statistics revealed that some firms are more likely than others to offer training contracts to their paralegals: the trend suggested that City firms are not as interested in training their paralegals to become solicitors.

A reason for this might be the fact that these firms select their trainees so early. The second year of the LLB is when most firms take the opportunity to find the best students to recruit. Unfortunately, some candidates may not be at the 'right' university, not necessarily because of their ability, but sometimes due to their background and lack of access to quality education prior to university. This system does little for diversity and social mobility.

Firms should consider that some candidates choose not to apply in their second year or that their first-year grades do not truly reflect their ability. These candidates may then go on to excel, parti...

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