The Festival of Learning celebrates achievements of adult learners in England. Previously known as Adult Learners’ Week.
The Festival of Learning encourages organisations and colleges to host free taster and ‘have a go’ events throughout June. Ideal for people who may not only be considering taking a course but making a career change.
Make a career change
It’s never too late to change career and law is a popular choice. Nowadays it is not a pre-requisite to have a law degree – or any degree at all.
To make the transition to law as successful as possible, take a look at the work experience you’ve gained so far and match what transferable skills you could bring to the legal field. Law requires good people skills so coming from the hospitality, social care or services industry will give you a great head start.
If you have a background in finance or auditing, you would be perfect for working in the legal department of a bank. Or if you have a medical background, the in-house legal teams at pharmaceutical companies would be a great destination.
Those who want to make that change and become a lawyer cannot always afford the time and cost of university. Studying law vocationally provides flexible, affordable and accessible learning with study options to suit everyone.
A Legal Apprentice
Legal apprenticeships are becoming popular and companies all over the country are recruiting school leavers and those changing careers. An apprenticeship can provide wonderful career prospects and if a firm has taught you well, as a result, they will be likely to want to give you a permanent position.
The standards expected of apprentice solicitors are the same as all solicitors with regular assessments and a combination of classroom and work-based learning. The apprenticeship lasts five to six years depending on what previous qualifications you may hold.
A Chartered Legal Executive
Qualifying as a lawyer will never be easy whether you take the university or non-university route. Studying for qualifications in your own time, and at your own pace, has plenty of advantages. Whether you are juggling family and home life, or working in a full-time job, you can fit in study when and where it suits you.
A Chartered Legal Executive is a lawyer who has followed one of the routes to qualification set out by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). Chartered Legal Executives are eligible to become partners in law firms and to share in the firm’s profits.
There is a difference between the training of a legal executive to that of a solicitor. Legal executives study to the same level as solicitors but they study fewer subjects overall. A solicitor is required to study a number of compulsory legal practice subjects on the Legal Practice Course (LPC.) Legal executives are required to study only one which is in an area they have chosen to specialise in.
Working as a paralegal usually means that you have some legal qualifications and a knowledge of the law. The term applies to any member of staff progressing files under supervision. From legal secretaries who have gained the necessary knowledge to carry out specific practical tasks to law graduates who progress a heavy caseload of files from start to finish.
Being a paralegal gives you flexibility in your job role too. You can start out with a basic legal qualification and train on-the-job. Many paralegals become fee earners. If you decide to take further legal qualifications, your employer can, therefore, charge the time you spend with your clients at a higher cost.
A Legal Secretary
Legal secretaries are imperative for the smooth running of a legal practice. There are qualifications at varying levels taken without any prior knowledge of the law that give a good, solid understanding of the legal world. You could continue studying to upskill and eventually become a fee earner.
You’ll need to be a confident communicator and a quick learner. Legal secretaries can work in a number of different professions in the corporate world, from legal to business to banking.
Interested in a legal career? Contact us for advice or see if we can assist.