Pinsent Masons offers fixed term contracts, usually of either 6 or 12 months, plus some permanent positions for paralegals in our Practice Groups across our offices in the UK. We welcome applications from graduates looking to gain significant legal and commercial work experience before commencing a training contract as well as from more experienced paralegals.
What do Paralegals do?
The definition of a paralegal has broadened in recent years and is now loosely used to describe any type of fee earner who is not a qualified solicitor, trainee solicitor or legal executive. Paralegals at Pinsent Masons are extremely valued members of our workforce and our roles frequently involve similar tasks to those undertaken by trainee solicitors and responsibility for running files, under appropriate supervision.
Why become a paralegal with Pinsent Masons?
You will be involved in high quality work for a top tier firm, which will be a fantastic addition to your CV, whatever stage you are at in your career. If you are just starting out in the legal arena, the experience of working as a paralegal can help you determine whether a long-term career in law is right for you.
In accordance with our values, we are committed to the development and training of our Paralegals. With support from the Pinsent Masons Academy, our Paralegal roles enable you to master the legal skills you require in order to achieve your goals.
Making an Application
For our Paralegal/Legal Analyst roles, we look for the following academic criteria:
- 300+ UCAS points from your best three A levels (or equivalent)
- Educated to degree level or equivalent, minimum 2.1 classification
- LPC / Diploma in Legal Practice preferred, minimum Commendation achieved
If you do not meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you have failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, please include this information in your application.
When recruiting for Assistant Paralegal positions, we look for candidates who have completed a degree and are looking to pursue a career in law.
All applications must be made via our website at www.pinsentmasons.engageats.co.uk. There, you will be able to view a list of our current vacancies, browse job specifications and make an application as you see fit. If we do not have any current vacancies that suit your skills, you can sign up for vacancy alerts.
Application deadlines will vary according to the specific role but you should apply quickly to ensure you don’t miss out. Vacancies requiring an immediate start will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified.
The assessment process for Paralegal/Legal Analyst recruitment is two-stage. The first interview will consist of a competency based interview (45 minutes) and a short test (30 minutes). Candidates who pass the first round will be invited to a second competency-based interview with two lawyers from our Practice Groups.
The assessment process for Assistant Paralegal recruitment consists of one stage. This stage will be a competency based interview with two lawyers from our Practice Groups.
Salary & Benefits
This is dependent upon location and level of experience. As a general rule of thumb, our starting salaries for Paralegals are £25,000 in London and £18,000‑£19,000 in the regions and Scotland, and £15,000-£16,000 in Northern Ireland.
The firm also offers the sort of comprehensive benefits package you would expect from a leading employer.
Will working as a Paralegal help me gain a Training Contract?
The experience of working in a law firm will help you develop many of the skills required in order to become a trainee solicitor. This will help improve your chances of securing a training contract, provided you meet all the other relevant selection criteria.
At Pinsent Masons, you will not be precluded from applying for one of our training contract positions if you secure one of our paralegal positions. However, this should not be viewed as a shortcut to a training contract. All paralegals are required to apply for a training contract in the usual way, go through our full training contract application process and are considered solely on merit alongside other external applicants.
Find Out More
We have a growing number of paralegals , Legal Analysts and Assistant Paralegals across the firm making a significant and valuable contribution to the business, as well as being increasingly popular with clients. All paralegal vacancies are handled by the lateral recruitment team and are advertised on the Careers section of our main corporate website.
If you have any other questions relating to paralegal vacancies please contact firstname.lastname@example.org