The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
This is not a promising opening for an editorial on the view of paralegal profession in the UK – or anywhere:
Paralegals have always been regarded as the poor relations of the UK legal family. But thankfully the negative labels that have long been associated with paralegalling are gradually being peeled away.
And it gets worse:
Indeed, isn’t it about time that paralegals were seen as professionals in their own right and not simply as failed lawyers?
This week’s editorial at Lawyer 2B gets better as the author, Husnara Begum, acknowledges that she’s re-thinking her own perception of paralegals as “not good enough to secure training contracts”, and that being a paralegal is a valuable and valid alternative to becoming a lawyer.
IoP’s chief executive James O’Connell said: “The profession can’t continue to ignore the status, professionalism and career aspirations of almost half the fee-earners in the country.”