Paralegal Apprentice

Closing date: 31/05/2017
Term: Contract
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Apprenticeship
Location: Plymouth

"The Apprenticeship with Bond Dickinson has given me the chance to pursue the career I've always wanted in law without going to University" – Alice, Legal Apprentice (scroll down to see Alice talking about why she chose the apprenticeship route)

Each of our Apprentices have their own story and all come from different backgrounds but they all share one thing in common; they've loved their apprenticeship with us.  And why wouldn’t they?  They are part of an apprenticeship programme which has won regional and national awards in 2016; it's been quite a year!  They receive unparalleled support, work with excellent lawyers in an innovative team of Paralegals and are offered high quality legal work.  We were one of the first law firms to introduce Advanced Apprenticeships in Legal Services and we've learned what really works.

So why are we recruiting?

Our very first Apprentices, Jack and Casey, have just completed their Level 3 Apprenticeship and have been promoted into our innovative Paralegal team to continue their journey towards becoming qualified Solicitors one day.

Florence, James, Sian and Courtney have moved into their second year and our very newest additions, Alice, Maggie and Issie are settling in well after joining us in September.  They're a close bunch who support each other and enjoy mixing not just in work but outside too.

We're now looking to build on our success by recruiting a further 3 Legal Apprentices to join us in September 2017.

What makes it so great to work here?

Firstly, we're award winning.  We've received recognition for our apprenticeship programme in the form of two awards recently reassuring you that the quality of support you'll receive here is second to none. 

Secondly, 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 like and make time for each other enabling us to establish professional relationships that become lasting friendships.

There are lots of extra-curricular activities to get involved in too; perhaps you're into charity fund raising, we love to see people keen to get involved with our corporate social responsibility strategy, so much so we'll even give you two days per year on us to get involved.

And that's not all, alongside a competitive salary you'll receive a flexible benefits package so you can pick and choose between the benefits that matter most to you.

What will you actually be doing?

You'll be supporting a high performing team of Paralegals in servicing our legal teams based across all of our 7 city locations.  Concerned you may just be doing the admin?  Don't be!  You'll be expected to do all that our Paralegals do but with added supervision and guidance at the right pace for you.  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 work, 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 you're interested but still have some questions?

This all sounds great but it's a big decision and you still have reservations, how can you be sure this is not just a cleverly worded advert but actually based on fact?

Come to our Open Evening on 9 March and speak to our Apprentices for yourself. They'll be there to have a chat with on the night.  We don’t need to prime them; we're confident to put them in front of you as ambassadors for our scheme and they'll look forward to meeting you themselves. See you there!

I'm sold, what next?

If you're already sold what are you waiting for?  You can apply via the apply now button below or if you want a quick chat with me before you do that I'd love to hear from you.  My name is Emma Forrester and you can reach me on 0117 989 6593.

For more detailed information and selection criteria of the type of individual we're looking for please email careers@bonddickinson.com

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