- Nov 4, 2021
Hi @MayaM0921 around 50% of our current and future trainees were working/had worked as paralegals when they applied. This is largely due to the fact that in 2021, our first year of recruitment, we were recruiting for trainees to start in 2021 and 2022 and so the applicants tended to be a little further on academically. We would not favour those who have paralegalled over other applicants; it was simply how well each person did in the application process. We are not looking for a commitment to law in terms of legal work experience - as legal work experience is extraordinarily difficult to gain and it would be hugely unfair to demand or expect this. Of course, many of our trainees have had a year's gap after they applied and were offered; they have chosen to paralegal during that time.Hi Gemma, I have seen that an awful lot of the Willkie's current or future trainees have previously worked as paralegals. Would you say that this is a result of Willkie only recently starting to take on trainees, or the firm looks particularly favourably at the skills gained and commitment to law shown working as a paralegal? Thanks!