Working within the legal profession can be a rewarding and satisfying experience not only for purposes of work but also on a personal level. There are many aspects of law which can have a positive impact on our lives, giving us valuable insight. For this reason, we should not look at a career within the legal sector only in terms of monetary value but also in terms of personal gain.
Legal Secretaries and Paralegals are required to work in the Courts System, Barristers Chambers at the Inns of Court, Law Firms, the Probation Service, Crown Prosecution Service, Property Management and Real Estate, Debt Recovery, Divorces, Insurance Companies and Finance Sector.
Temporary Legal Secretaries and Freelance Paralegals can earn up to £20.00 per hour.
According to Net Salary Calculator "The average paralegal salary in the UK is £19,037. This is calculated on the basis of different levels of paralegal jobs in the UK.
Usually the starting paralegal salary is around £13,000-£14,000 for an entry level or junior paralegal. However, this salary scale can be around £23,000-£28,000 for a senior paralegal."
As most of our students have some legal experience, they can expect to receive higher salaries due to their existing or previous legal experience.
If you are just starting out, then you can expect an entry level paralegal wage. However, the amount will depend on whether you are working in one of the cities or within a local High Street law firm.
Progressing from a Legal Secretary to a Paralegal, the amount of pay that you receive will in time, surpass the wage you are earning as a legal secretary as you will be working as a 'fee earner'.
If you are having a complete career change, your previous working experience helps. If you are from the finance, medical, real estate, accountancy or insurance sectors, your wage should be commensurate with your previous salary, as a start.
Once you have established yourself as a Paralegal, the wages you earn will rise as your responsibilities and experience increase.