Training Contract Opportunities for paralegals

 

Does Wilson Nesbitt offer solicitor training contracts?

We generally offer five 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 experiences or significant post graduate experiences which have developed life skills that we consider relevant to our practice needs.

Do Wilson Nesbitt paralegals get solicitor training contracts?

There is considerable demand for training contracts with Wilson Nesbitt.   Each year for the past twenty years Wilson Nesbitt paralegals have applied for and attained training contracts and qualification with Wilson Nesbitt.  Many others 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 Wilson Nesbitt paralegal enchance your career prospects with the firm?

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

Did the economic downturn from 2008-2012 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 89% (65 out of 73) 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%