Finding work as a law graduate
About this page
This blog makes no attempt to list pupillages and training contracts – this is left to those websites which specialise in such listings i.e. LawCareers.Net / AllAboutLaw (see the Careers Information page). However, occasionally a set of Chambers or a solicitors Firm will write to KLS specifically and ask us to advertise their vacancies. This page will detail those personal approaches. Unless indicated KLS has no special relationship with the Chambers/firm and is not able to make any kind of endorsement. The details are brought to you on this platform for convenience.
KENT’S LATEST VACANCIES Keep an eye on the University’s online vacancy database http://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm which is updated almost daily throughout the year with new vacancies. You can register to search the database for specific vacancies and to be emailed when new vacancies of relevant interest to you are added. There is also an automatic Twitter feed of all the vacancies that are posted on the Vacancy Database, which can be accessed at https://twitter.com/unikentemploy
- The vast majority of pupillages are advertised via the pupillage gateway http://www.pupillagegateway.com/
- Occasionally a pupillage will be advertised on an individual chambers’ website.
The following two websites collate all of the training contracts available with full details of the firm, deadlines, salary etc. You are able to build a profile on-line and save your searches.
Paralegals and other legally related jobs
Firstly – what is a paralegal? There is no fixed definition but a paralegal is generally considered to be a person working in a legally related capacity who is not qualified as a lawyer. They are not able to give advice and work must be supervised. Paralegals may do legal administration, research, case preparation and more. You can read more about what a paralegal is at Paralegal job profile | Prospects.ac.uk
Many new graduates seek paralegal jobs straight after their degree to build their experience/earn money/explore the legal profession further before making their career decisions. Some jobs will ask for LPC or previous experience but, it is possible to get into this type of work straight from your degree. Here’s some advice: How to become a Paralegal with no experience (totallylegal.com)
The numbers of paralegals are increasing and more and more firms are recruiting their trainees from their paralegals. As such, organisations specialising in helping you to find paralegal work are increasing. The below are brought to you in the hope that they will help but KLS cannot endorse any of them specifically and, it is NOT a comprehensive list and are in no particular order.
- Institute of Paralegals – http://www.theiop.org
- The National Association of Licensed Paralegals – http://www.nationalparalegals.co.uk
- http://www.totallylegal.com/ – Recruitment website for legal professional. Private practice, in-house and public sector.
- http://jobs.legalcheek.com/ – the jobs here are a selection from recruiters.
- Legal Week Jobs – Search Legal Jobs, Careers in Law
- Simply Law Jobs
- The Lawyer
- Legal Week Jobs
- Linked In job search
- Google – i.e. ‘legal assistant’, ‘paralegal’, ‘barrister’s assistant’
- Search individual law firms and barristers’ chambers websites.
- The University Vacancy Database University of Kent Careers & Employability Service
- The LSSJ Employability & Placements team will often receive details of paralegal positions during the summer. These are usually jobs in Kent firms/organisations and they may never be advertised anywhere else. These will be sent by email to the relevant recipients (usually those who have just graduated and LLM candidates) as an when they arrive. So, make sure you do keep looking at your university emails.
- Network – attend events (one student had a mini mock interview at the Kent Law Fair in 2019 and was instantly offered paralegal work in summer 2020 and a training contract when she had finished her degree!!!!
- You could also register at a specialist legal recruitment agency:
- BCL Legal Recruitment
- GRL Legal: Current Roles | Recruitment for Barristers Chambers | GRL Legal
- EJ Legal
- Law Absolute
- www.thestephenjamespartnership.co.uk this is a specialist recruitment agency for paralegals “run by paralegals”. As at May 2014 they had placed paralegals with 50% of the top 100 UK law firms, and claimed to have “substantial contracts with a number of investment banks and FTSE 100 companies“. It doesn’t cost to register with them but beware that they do offer paid for services such as CV writing.
- An alumni of KLS has recommended the following agency and they do seem to have a number of paralegal jobs: http://www.michaelpage.co.uk
- http://www.search.co.uk/jobs/professional-services/legal – Search places candidates in legal roles across the UK and Channel Islands. They claim to have “close links with the legal community and can help you gain a new role within the public sector, in-house legal departments and private practices.”
- https://www.graduate-jobs.com/degree/law – search for any graduate job but this link takes you to the legal/legally related ones.
- The CPS have a paralegal recruitment campaign which will appear on their career pages when it is live (currently live in August ’21) Careers at the CPS | The Crown Prosecution Service
- Legal technology – a student in 2021 found a great internship on Otta (https://app.otta.com/) which shows jobs at tech companies. Sometimes the matches were not very good but she said there were lots of unique opportunities. MORE INFO ABOUT THIS AREA OF LAW COMING VERY SOON (Nov 21)
WHEN TO APPLY FOR PARALEGAL JOBS
Generally, a job will be advertised as and when the position needs to be filled. Which means that you should be thinking about starting a proper search 2-3 months ahead of the time when you will be ready to start work. However, there will be some times when positions are advertised ahead of this. My advice is to make some time once a month to peruse some of the job search websites above up to 12 months ahead of when you want a paralegal job. This will allow you time to familiarise yourself with the types of positions that come up and the requirements of the job and the skills, qualities and experiences they ask for giving you time to add to your profile if you need too. But, don’t worry if you haven’t the time to do this or you didn’t think about it so early. Just start looking when you are ready.
To get free up-to-date information about the paralegal world subscribe to The Paralegal – the journal for the paralegal profession. Visit The Paralegal Newsletter | The IOP
See the listings on the central Careers & Employability Services’ website here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/findajob.html