Having worked at Giles Wilson since January, it felt right to write my first blog. It sometimes seemed like this day would never come – I applied to join the firm three times before coming aboard as a paralegal, so I would class this alone as an achievement.
The recruitment process consisted of a 500-word statement, a three-minute presentation, a spelling and grammar test and two rounds of interviews. The girls in reception have told me they have never seen a more nervous candidate, but since then I have been growing in confidence in my new role.
Day in the Life of a Paralegal
Working as a paralegal has been very different to how I thought it would be, but in a positive way. At first I envisaged making tea all day, but I am happy to report that this could not be further from the truth.
What does my average workday consist of? It varies; some days I’m in reception talking to clients on the phone, building my client care skills, and other days I’m drafting letters to different parties or preparing trial bundles. I also recently began preparing forms for court, all under the supervision of the experienced solicitors here at Giles Wilson.
I work in a variety of different departments for a number of fee earners, which has been an enlightening experience. It gives me an insight into the areas I spent many years studying in the completion of my Legal Practice Course.
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I’m no longer the “new girl”, as everyone has made me feel welcome and part of the team.
Several of my friends from university are now paralegals, others trainees, and some are even fully qualified solicitors. During my time here, I have learned that you could apply to become a paralegal before studying for your LPC and complete them side-by-side. I’m happy I took the path of studying before seeking employment, but it is good to know there are multiple paths towards the same goal.
As it took me numerous attempts to receive this opportunity, I would advise anyone who is pursuing a career in law to never give up and don’t be disheartened. You will get there in the end, just like I did.
We are always looking for driven, talented individuals like Leah to join our diverse firm, at every level of experience. We keep all CVs we receive on file and could be in touch should a position become available in our growing team. Find out more at GilesWilson.co.uk/recruitment.