From Graduate to Paralegal – what to expect

Hi, I’m Yasmin and I have worked as a Paralegal here at Jamieson Alexander for the past 5 months. After completing my law degree and graduating from the University of Nottingham in July 2021 I started my first job in the legal profession. When I used to think about working in a law firm, I thought I would specialise in one area of the law from the start. However, I have been given the opportunity to assist on matters in various areas of the law including Employment, Debt Recovery, Conveyancing, Litigation and Private Clients.

This has allowed me to develop skills in a range of areas of the law rather than just one. I am very grateful for the level of responsibility that I have been given when dealing with matters. I have been able to correspond directly with Clients, draft letters, file applications with the Court, prepare bundles for hearings and assist my colleagues to meet deadlines.

It has been very rewarding to put everything I’ve learnt during my degree into practice, seeing it come together on a daily basis. Sometimes reading and learning about the law in isolation can be difficult but using the law in a practical sense has been very interesting and has hugely improved my knowledge and understanding of what working in law entails. Working as a Paralegal has further motivated me to progress my career in law and as such, I intend to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) next year.

My confidence within the realm of legal work has undoubtedly improved since starting at the firm, largely due to the fact I always feel that I can ask for assistance or support with my tasks when needed. One of the benefits of working in a smaller firm, is that I can approach any of my colleagues for help, from the other paralegals to the directors of the firm, everyone is willing and able to help. It has been very helpful learning from different lawyers and the confidence that working here has provided me with has been beneficial in developing my own voice and style of work.

If you have any questions about paralegal work or starting your career in a law firm please do not hesitate to contact me on 0330 200 0065 or yasmin@jamiesonalexander.co.uk and make sure to keep an eye out to our careers pagefor any potential vacancies!

Yasmin Fairnington - Paralegal
Yasmin Fairnington



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