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Taking a paralegal job
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Jonas
Posted - 09 March 2017 18:15
5 year PQE and trying to switch from 'general' crime to 'white collar' crime in London.

No-one will give me a look-in because I don't have the 'white collar' experience or City law firm background. Which is frustrating.

Thinking about applying for paralegal jobs at white collar shops. The difference in salary won't affect me because a white collar para probably earns what I earn at the moment doing 'general' crime.

Hoping to do 6-12 months, prove my worth and convince the firm to get me a practising certificate and up the wages.

Anyone done this type of thing before? Any downside to the idea?

Jethro the Tubby Lutonian Goon
Posted - 09 March 2017 19:19
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Errm can you even be a paralegal if you are a qualified solicitor? It's a contradiction in terms isn't it?
Jonas
Posted - 09 March 2017 19:36
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Of course you can - you just go non-practising. And I have seen paralegals with solicitor (non practising) in their signature block.
Ukiyo-e
Posted - 09 March 2017 19:49
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Many people in in-house legal teams only keep their PCs for superficial reasons. The work they do is often no different to unqualified colleagues.
Osama
Posted - 09 March 2017 19:51
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write direct to partners
Brad's big donger
Posted - 09 March 2017 19:54
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Have you looked at enforcement roles at the FCA? There's an associate role there paying 50k that might be appropriate?
Bright Carver
Posted - 09 March 2017 20:34
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Wot Os sed.

Good luck.