We understand that for some people ambition can't wait, and that is why WBD champions alternative routes into your chosen profession. We've been successfully recruiting Apprentice Paralegals in to the business for the past six years and now we're looking for our next cohort to join us in September 2021 based in our Plymouth office.
Whether you're leaving school or college or changing career path, our Paralegal apprenticeship programme offers a formal qualification, protected study time, an abundance of support and valuable hands-on experience through paid on-the-job learning. We launched our first apprenticeship in 2014 and since then have gone from strength to strength. Our proudest moment came in January 2017 when we won Best Large Newcomer at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Why are we recruiting?
We were one of the first law firms to introduce the Paralegal Apprenticeship so we've learned what really works. Our previous cohorts have successfully completed their apprenticeships and have since been promoted into our innovative Paralegal team to continue developing their legal careers. We need new talent to join the business and that's where you come in!
What will you actually be doing?
Over the two year duration of the apprenticeship, you'll be supporting a high performing team of Paralegals, called the Legal Solutions Centre, in servicing our legal teams based across all of our 8 UK locations. There is plenty to get your teeth stuck in to, once settled into the team you'll be introduced to the basics such as admin, but don't worry that's not all you'll be doing! From drafting correspondance, carrying out legal research to building relationships with clients your role and responsibilities will grow as you progress throughout your apprenticeship.
You'll be allocated a Supervisor, who will help you to keep on track with your studies and a mentor, an experienced Paralegal within your team dedicated to you to learn from. You'll experience a broad variety of quality legal training, with exposure to household-named clients and cutting edge work, which will help shape the direction of your legal career whether that is as a Solicitor one day or into another area of the firm.
So what makes it so great to work here?
We've worked hard and continue to work hard, to create an open culture that sets us apart from other firms. Our culture gives us much more of a human feel, emphasising that we're more than just suits! We make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that often become lasting friendships.
There are lots of activities to get involved with, we love to see people keen to get involved with our responsible business strategy, so much so we'll even give you two days per year for this. Whether you're interested in charity events, organising social activities or being part of a sports team there really is something for everyone. In addition, through our D&I practices and programmes we work hard to ensure that difference is visibly valued and welcomed. Visit our D&I page to find out more.
And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary of £16,930 you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.
To be eligible for the Paralegal apprenticeship you'll need 5 x GCSE at A-C/9-4 plus a minimum of three A levels at grade C or equivalent. You can apply via the apply now button below, take your time to make a strong application. The closing date is not until 12 Feb 2021 so plenty of time to get it right.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.