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How do I apply for paralegal jobs?

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  • All I can tell you is that I obtained my present position by writing speculative letters. Initially I received a rejection letter from my present firm, but a month or so later I had a call to say that a position had opened up. I was very very lucky. But (if you have limited experience) speculative letters are probably your best option as the agencies wont consider you.

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  • um, if you've no idea how to find out how one gets a job as a paralegal, may I be so bold as to suggest you really don't seem to have the skills required to be a paralegal?

    Or any legal job for that matter ...

    HTH

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  • I don't want to be discouraging, but I tried both methods, and neither were successful. I wrote about 100 speculative letters & received barely any responses, and applied to the same number of agency-advertised jobs, with even less response. They all want paralegal experience, but you can't get any unless someone gives you a job in the first place, so it's a vicious circle. That was about a year ago though, so hopefully the market has picked up. Be careful that many of the jobs advertised by agencies are out-of-date and have already been filled, but they keep them up to look as if they have a lot on offer, so only apply to recently posted jobs. I am now working for the NHS before my training contract starts, but obviously they've stopped recruiting too! Try both methods, get any legal experience you can (eg voluntary), use any contacts you've got & bear in mind that you may need to look beyond just solicitors' firms in order to get some legal experience & get on the ladder. Good luck!

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  • Apply to small firms offering help on a week placement or the like, it might not be paid but will get you some experience then hopefully this can lead on to a larger role.

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  • If you're willing to relocate to NI and work for minimum wage, A&O and Herbert Smith have some "wonderful legal executive opportunities" to allow you to "invest in yourself".

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  • Totallylegal.com / Paralegal - very useful website if you want to try the agency method. However, be warned that most agencies do advertise positions just to get your details so always ring after application and ask for further information. Furthermore, check firm websites for positions. It is true that most firms require previous experience but there are a few that will train you. I am suprised that you are on the LPC and have no idea about the legal market. Also, you should apply to firms on a voluntary basis for work experience otherwise there is no chance of you landing a TC. If you are on the LPC I strongly advise that you do pro bono because of the position you are in i.e. no clue

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  • It really depends on the agency. There are some good agencies but also some crap ones which advertise fake vacancies and get your details and will never call you again.

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