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Paralegal roles on course for big increase

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  • It isn't surprising that law firms are going to recruit more paralegals. They're cheap. The problem is that these roles seem to be replacing trainee opportunities and opportunities for qualified lawyers. It's worrying for those who work as paralegals hoping to qualify at some point.

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  • At some point the armies of solicitor wannabees are going to dry up when the perception changes that the only work available to them is low paid no prospect paralegal work.

    It is a mystery to me why anyone now chooses this career path, it's a mug's game and has to be one of the most exploitative areas of the jobs market that there is.

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  • It is interesting that these findings show an increase in the number of paralegal positions. I cannot help but wonder whether these statistics will prove to be an accurate prediction once the removal of the minimum salary for training contracts takes effect in August 2014. According to research conducted by the SRA, the removal of this minimum salary could result in an increased number of training contracts. With this research to contend with, it appears to me that the future is indeed very uncertain. Alongside the other recent changes all over the legal profession resulting from the Legal Services Act, it is a wonder how anyone can predict the future for those individuals starting out in the legal profession.

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