Paralegal Apprenticeships at Parker Bullen

The role of a Paralegal is an important one in any law firm, as you will be helping your colleagues prepare for their matters, undertaking valuable research and liaising with clients and other third parties.

There are several routes towards becoming a Paralegal, with Paralegal Apprenticeships growing in popularity due to their hands-on approach.

What is a Paralegal Apprenticeship?

Under this apprenticeship, you will be required to spend a minimum of 20% of your working week on the apprenticeship with the remaining time working in one of our four offices.  The department you work in will be determined by the needs of our firm at the time, however any preference you have will be taken into consideration.


Through our apprenticeship, working with our chosen provider, you will complete the apprenticeship over 21 months resulting in a Level 3 CILEX Paralegal Apprenticeship qualification.


Who can apply for a Paralegal Apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship is ideal for those who are looking to leave school and have an interest in a career within the law, but who either aren’t interested or do not have the opportunity to go to University.


Ideally, you will have five GCSEs, including English and Maths, as well as three A Levels.


What are the stages for a Paralegal Apprenticeship?

There are three main stages to the Paralegal Apprenticeship including:

1). Planning – during this initial stage, there will be an English and Maths assessment followed by the programme planning and induction.

2). On-programme learning – this stage is the main focus of your apprenticeship and will cover your Legal Knowledge and Skills, delivered through one-to-one and group interaction.  The topics that will be covered during your apprenticeship will vary from the practical skills such as managing yourself and your work, collaborating with your colleagues and your ethics and judgement, through to the technical legal content such as Contract Law, Land Law & Conveyancing Practice, Wills & Probate Practice, Family Law & Practice, and Criminal Law & Litigation.

3). End-point assessment – towards the end of your apprenticeship, there will be several meetings in addition to your timed assessments and portfolio based interview.

What work experience will I receive as part of the Paralegal Apprenticeship?

The type of work you will be a part of will depend on the team that you join.  We offer various options from Family Law, Wills & Probate, Conveyancing, Commercial Property and Corporate & Commercial.  While the work will vary, primarily you will be required to:

  • Draft and produce legal documents and forms
  • Communicate with clients
  • Conduct research
  • Assist with the opening, progressing and closing of client files
  • Manage client records
  • Review documents
  • Understand and utilise basic financial information
  • Handle confidential and sensitive information

Why choose Parker Bullen for a Paralegal Apprenticeship?

We know how important having the right start in your career is, which is why we prioritise the training, development and support that all of our employees receive.  As an apprentice at Parker Bullen, you will benefit from being part of a well-established yet growing firm, with the right technology and internal practices to succeed in the eyes of both our clients and your fellow colleagues.

Over the last two years, we have expanded from our Andover and Salisbury office, opening an office in Romsey in 2021 and another in Witney in 2022, offering a variety of legal services to individuals, families, businesses and those in the Armed Forces.  We are firm believers in embracing opportunities that come our way, and will always listen to suggestions from across our employees at all levels.

Upon conducting our recent employee survey, our employees stated that the internal communication, support from the Partners, the social interactions across the offices and the friendly, welcoming environment were all reasons why they enjoyed working here.  Our benefits do not end here; in 2022 we re-launched our Employee Benefits Package which now includes time off for birthdays and volunteering days, additional financial rewards, wellbeing and Mental Health support, discounts, a virtual GP and healthcare service as well as an agile working policy.

By choosing us for your Paralegal Apprenticeship, you can be sure that you will be joining a supportive, social, professional and highly respected firm where your talents will be nurtured for your future success.

How to apply for a Paralegal Apprenticeship

Applications for September 2023 will open in January 2023 and you can email our Managing Partner, Gareth Horner, at moc.n1675876721ellub1675876721rekra1675876721p@ren1675876721roh.h1675876721terag1675876721 to discuss the process.