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Rise of the new lawyers: the growing role of part-qualified paralegals

Is the increase in part-qualified paralegals a sign of

20 June 2012

With an unprecedented remit and the ambitious aim to carry out the most in-depth exploration of the legal education framework in this country since the seventies, the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) was always going to attract controversy.

Previous reports of this ilk barely assessed anything more than the traditional professional separations of solicitor and barrister. With LETR, the full breadth of legal service provision is being considered. This, in part, is the result of fundamental changes to the sector as a whole: where in the past legal services were relatively stable in definition, form and function, all facets are now subject to continuing change.

From the practitioners’ point of view there is plenty of scope for discontent. In recent months critics have called int...

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