Training Contract Opportunities


Does Wilson Nesbitt offer solicitor training contracts?

We generally offer four or more solicitor training contracts each year. Our criteria for short listing for training contract interviews includes a prior period of employment experience as a paralegal in a law firm, or other equivalent practical legal experience, that we consider relevant to our practice needs.

Do Wilson Nesbitt paralegals get solicitor training contracts?

Each year for the past fifteen years Wilson Nesbitt paralegals have been awarded training contracts by Wilson Nesbitt and have qualified as solicitors with the firm. Many more have been offered training contracts with other solicitor firms. The reason for this success rate is that other solicitor firms in Northern Ireland value the hands on experience and skill attainments of Wilson Nesbitt paralegals as much as we do!

Does being a paralegal enchance your career prospects with the firm?
We are able to evaluate the work ethic, communication skills, client expectation management and team ethos of those that work with us as paralegals. We are able to develop these skills. Five of Wilson Nesbitt's partners and ten other solicitors who currently work with us started with us as paralegals.

Does being a paralegal enchance your career prospects with the firm?

We are able to evaluate the work ethic, communication skills, client expectation management and team ethos of those that work with us as paralegals. We are able to develop and improve these attributes. Five of the Wilson Nesbitt partners and nine other solicitors who currently work with us started their career at Wilson Nesbitt as paralegals.

Did the economic downturn impact on the number of training contract opportunities?

Yes, undoubtedly solicitor firms in Northern Ireland offered fewer training contracts during the downturn. Notwithstanding these prevailing circumstances 86% (55 out of 64) of the paralegals working in Wilson Nesbitt who took the Institute of Professional Legal Studies examination in the last eight years obtained training contracts (see the table below).

 

   2008 IPLS exam 2009 IPLS exam 2010 IPLS exam  2011 IPLS exam 2012 IPLS exam 2013 IPLS exam 2014 IPLS exam 2015 IPLS exam
2016
IPLS
exam

Average of last 9 yrs
Number of Wilson Nesbitt paralegals who sat the Institute of Professional Legal Studies ('IPLS') examination 7 5 8 6 10 10 9 9 9 8
Number of Wilson Nesbitt paralegals taking the IPLS exam offered training contracts either with Wilson Nesbitt or another Northern Ireland solicitors firm in that year 5 3 5 1 9 6 7 8 9 5.9
Number of Wilson Nesbitt paralegals taking the IPLS exam who obtained a training contract in a subsequent year either with Wilson Nesbitt or other Northern Ireland solicitors 0 0 2 4 0 2 3 0 1 1.3
Average of Wilson Nesbitt paralegals sitting that exam who obtained a training contract at some point - - - - - - -  - - 89%