Professional Access Scheme

Designed to widen access to the legal sector; increase diversity within it and provide better careers information.

We are very concerned about how difficult it is to get into the legal sector generally, and how hard it is to find information about legal careers other than those of solicitor or barrister.

Accordingly we have created the Professional Access Scheme which brings together various initiatives designed to widen access to legal careers; increase diversity within the legal sector and provide better careers information.

The Professional Access Scheme is currently running the following initiatives:

Apprenticeship Programme - designed to encourage employers to take on young entry-level paralegals and administration/business support staff and to provide appropriate training and qualifications.

Careers days – we work in collaboration with the Inspiring Futures Foundation, the Law Society, the Bar Council, Crown Prosecution Service and Cilex to run a variety of legal careers days for schools nationwide.

Route to Qualification - we have mapped out a nationally-recognised career path for professional paralegals which can be followed without the need to purchase training from the Institute. To learn more, click here.

We are always interested in discussing other potential schemes.  Please e-mail details to us in confidence at


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