How to become a paralegal apprentice: Halimah's story

Meet Halimah, 21, from Birmingham, and find out more about life as a paralegal apprentice at Pinsent Masons. Part of the BBC Bitesize World of work series.

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I want to practise as a solicitor as I believe that law ensures fairness for everyone.

  • Halimah studied Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies and Philosophy at A-level and thought she would continue on to university.
  • She spoke to a careers advisor at school where she discovered legal apprenticeships. She applied for a paralegal apprenticeship scheme at Pinsent Masons, a commercial law firm, which would allow her to earn a salary whilst learning and gain experience.
  • Paralegals carry out a range of legal work: research, preparation of legal documents and legal advice to clients.
  • Halimah's role requires good attention to detail and research skills. Her ambition is to qualify as a paralegal, then as a solicitor.

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