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Overview of the role

Providing legal support, including administrative tasks, carrying out research and drafting legal documents and forms.


Reference Number: ST0245

Details of standard


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1. Occupation


2. Occupational profile

Provide legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be carried out, but are not exclusive to this role include:

  • Managing data/records
  • Reviewing documents
  • Drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms
  • Assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
  • Carrying out research
  • Handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Understand and utilise basic financial information
  • Communicating (written and oral) with internal and external clients

3. Outcomes



Ethics, professionalism and judgement

  1.  Have an understanding of legal and regulatory requirements relevant to the role.
  2. Maintain sufficient competence and legal knowledge to work effectively - relevant law, research.
  3. Avoid working outside their area of knowledge and competence, seek guidance and support where needed.
  4. Use understanding and analysis to solve problems.


Technical Legal Practice

  1. Undertake legal and factual research and present the findings accurately and clearly. 
  2. Use precedents and draft documents, using plain and succinct language.
  3. Assist with legal matters and transactions.

Managing themselves and their own work

  1. Manage work activities to ensure that they are completed on time and to an appropriate standard, including:
    1. Keep others informed of progress.
    2.  Ability to work under pressure and willingness to accept changing priorities when new jobs need to be done.
    3. Paying appropriate attention to detail.
  2. Practise good file management - prepare and collate bundles, take and file accurate notes, close and review files, maintain databases, version control.
  3. Work in accordance with good business practice - maintain an understanding of the basic financial drivers, time recording and billing processes relevant to the role and firm.
 Working with other people  
  1. Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  2. Establish and maintain effective and professional relations with others, including an ability to work with people at all levels towards achieving internal and external clients' and team objectives.

4. Duration

 24 months

5. Entry Requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. Our recommendation of entry requirements is below:

  • GCSE Maths & English - grade C or above (or equivalent).
  • 2 x A Level (or equivalent) - minimum grade C

6. Qualifications

The following qualifications meet the requirements for the Trailblazer Apprenticeship for Paralegals. They do not represent an exhaustive list.

CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services

Completing this standard should also provide exemptions for the Solicitor Apprentice standard and the

Legal Executive standard.

English & Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL

7. Level

This is a Level 3 Apprenticeship.

8. Review date

This standard will be reviewed in three years.

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Status: Retired
Level: 3
Reference: ST0245
Version: 1.1
Date updated: 01/06/2018
Approved for delivery: 3 September 2015
Route: Legal, finance and accounting
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £9000
LARS Code: 42
EQA Provider: Ofqual

Contact us about this apprenticeship

Employers involved in creating the standard: Addleshaw Goddard, Barclays, Browne Jacobson, Burges Salmon, Clyde and Co, DAC Beachcroft, Dentons, DWF, Eversheds, Gateley LLP, Kennedys Law, Lewis Silkin, Mayer Brown, Olswang, Pannone LLP, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Simmons & Simmons, Stephenson Harwood, Thomas Eggar, Withers, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CiLEX), Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

Version log

Version Change detail Earliest start date Latest start date Latest end date
1.3 Standard, End-point assessment plan and funding revised. 30/06/2023 Not set Not set
1.2 The funding band for this standard has been reviewed as part of the apprenticeship funding band review. The new funding band is £8000 04/03/2019 29/06/2023 Not set
1.1 End-point assessment plan revised 01/06/2018 03/03/2019 Not set
1.0 Retired 01/06/2018 31/05/2018 Not set

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