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Category Archives: Education

Is the legal profession lagging behind others when it comes to focusing so heavily on school and university grades?

Two articles caught my attention in the past couple of weeks. The first was on www.thelawyer.com and was titled “My career story: I left school at 16 – now I’m a partner” and tells the story of Donna McCarthy, a partner at Devonshires. From a

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The Apprentice

I have worked with BCL Legal as an Apprentice Database Administrator for just over six months now. An apprenticeship is perfect for me because I’m a practical, hands-on person. I’m not academic at all, I don’t test well and I don’t do long essays (apart from

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Changing job sectors

In 2012 I swapped the art studio for the office when I decided to become an admin apprentice within a small PPI company where I completed both my Business Administration level 2 and AAT level 2 qualifications. I started my AAT Level 3 at the

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A question of quality

Having started work at the tender age of 16 as an office junior in a barristers’ chambers in Manchester, one thing that I became accustomed to early in my working life was that of quality. Being teleported pretty much directly from a Salford college into

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Every dog has its day

Going to university for some is to embrace higher education and extend their knowledge in their chosen degree subject. For others, the actual education bit is a necessary evil and is very much secondary to having fun, dossing about and drinking to excess whilst trying

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Do you still need a law degree to be a lawyer?

Hands up if you are a lawyer who completed a law degree? Hands up non-law degree lawyers? It seems the latter are getting the recognition they deserve. We are finding an increasing number of lawyers who have completed a different degree and then completed the

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You train – you gain. Why is training so important?

Most of us have undergone training in our life, through education and careers. Training has an important impact on how well you do in a particular area. It is like putting flesh on the bones. However, it is always important to continue to learn new

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The apprentice- you’re hired!

I first started at BCL Legal in 2012 as an apprentice in the consultancy support team after gaining my qualification in food studies. Jumping from a passion for food and wine to a desire to work in administration might not seem the most obvious leap, but when

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The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, or CILEx, is the professional association for Chartered Legal Executive lawyers and other members of CILEx. The CILEx route to qualification is the most affordable and accessible route to qualifying as lawyer. The majority of CILEx members do not

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