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Paralegal Apprentice

Department: Legal and Company Secretary

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Apprenticeship level

Level 3


Expected apprenticeship duration

24 months


Qualification awarded

Certificate of Higher Education - Legal Services by BPP University


Possible start date

September 2018 onwards


Monthly paid salary with regular increases based on performance and successful completion of exams


Total hours per week 37.5 (80% on the job / 20% learning)

Overview of your role as a Paralegal Apprentice

Abcam, a rapidly expanding bioscience organisation, are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Paralegal Apprentice. As a Paralegal Apprentice you will be involved in a range of legal and general administrative tasks, working closely with our team of highly qualified and experienced legal professionals. 


This is a unique opportunity for a bright and ambitious individual keen to gain practical experience within a fast-paced and successful Legal department, while completing a nationally recognised legal qualification. You will be empowered to take initiatives, make decisions and manage your own workflow and you will learn from highly dedicated and passionate people.

Your roles and responsibilities

You will report directly into the Associate General Counsel and engage in Legal administrative tasks such as assisting with the creation and maintenance of Abcam’s new contract database and maintaining the Intellectual Property register.


You will be responsible for managing a variety of legal documents involving photocopying, scanning, faxing, filing and accurately logging data onto spreadsheets, as well as producing standard correspondence and proofreading documents.


You will carry out basic legal research under supervision, assist with general case load, contribute to team meetings and exchange information and ideas, to support the efficient running of the Legal & Company Secretary Team.


In addition, you will support the team with general administrative tasks such as handling telephone communications both internally and externally, preparing and submitting the team expenses, supporting with the organisation of onsite and offsite meetings, produce purchase order numbers and invoices. You will also handle the post, organise travel arrangements and any other tasks as and when required by the team.

About you

  • You will be proactive, highly self-motivated and eager to learn new skills.
  • You are a confident and effective communicator who has a positive outlook on life.
  • You are organised with a strong attention to details, as well as being resilient, with the ability to concurrently manage your studies and work.
  • You enjoy working in a team as well as being able to work on your own, effectively managing your own workload.
  • You are genuinely passionate about starting a career in the Legal field
  • Ideally you will have been involved in extra-curricular activities such as a side job, team sport, art, music or else.

Qualifications requirements

  • Completed at least 5 GCSES A*-C including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications (any other level 2 qualifications).
  • At least two A-Levels completed by September 2018 ideally including biology, maths or chemistry, although not essential.

Please note the above qualifications requirements are defined by the Government and therefore we will not be able to consider applicants who don’t meet these criteria.

Future prospects

At Abcam we very much encourage internal promotions and movement and therefore there could be permanent opportunities in either in the Legal department or in a different team. This will depend on your performance, your interest and successful completion of your course.

About us

Ever since 1998, when our founder, Jonathan Milner, started selling antibodies from the back of his bike, Abcam has aimed to help scientific researchers make breakthroughs faster. We now have offices and labs in the UK, the US, China and Japan, and as we continue to grow, we remain ambitious, driven by our customers’ success and their research needs.


It’s our goal to provide a world-standard in protein research tools, technical support and delivery. When you join Abcam, you’ll join a global business with the passion and the vision to become the most influential company, and, best-loved brand in life sciences.


Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we offer an attractive and flexible benefits package (which includes shares for eligible employees), a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development.