F-Lex is an on-demand paralegal service which connects law students and law firms. It provides law students with temporary and permanent paralegal roles in their areas. It is a great concept and one that provides law students with the option to earn whilst they learn. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a paralegal for F-Lex and I managed to secure a paralegal job at Eversheds Sutherland. The opportunity was only for 9 days and I learnt so much, particularly about the level of due diligence required as well as a lot about the culture at Eversheds Sutherland. Here is my experience:
My university sent law students an email stating that an on-demand paralegal company was accepting CV’s, known as F-Lex. I thought that this was a great idea because I could work as much or as little and fit it in around university and also gain that crucial legal experience. I sent off my CV to Mary Bonsor, the founder of F-Lex, and I received an email back stating that she would be attending my university in a few weeks and asking whether I would be interested in attending an interview. I jumped at the opportunity! Flash forward to a few weeks later, I turned up to university dressed all smart, with my paper CV and awaiting my interview. I did forget one thing, an important thing! MY PASSPORT! However, I got my friend to send me a copy of my passport which worked out fine eventually. The interview process was at first quite daunting but she made me feel quite comfortable. The interview involved a reading comprehension, general interview questions and I had to record a 30-second video about myself. This is so that the law firms could watch that and decide whether to hire you or not!!! It is important to ensure that you have a personality. You then get signed up, so F-Lex has an online platform where you insert your education, work experience etc and the law firms basically see that and choose from there. It is like an online CV, so I would highly recommend treating it in that way.
Flash forward to the present, I received a text message from F-Lex stating that I had been selected for a role and asking whether I would like to accept or not. I of course accepted and within less than a week I was starting my role at Eversheds Sutherland.
I turned up to Eversheds Sutherland on a Friday morning at 10am, I was very early and nervous. I did not know what to expect, 10 minutes later I was joined by three girls, all lovely and who had also got the temporary position through F-Lex.
The Senior Partner to the law firm arrived shortly afterwards and gave us our task, he informed us of the client, what we would be doing and how the 9 days would be structured. We were then taken to our little (or big) office where we would be working for the next few days, we then had a training session on how to use the computer software which we would be using for the next few days. It was fairly straightforward and nothing too complicated.
My role was basically to review documents and determine whether or not they were relevant to the case, we had been provided with a protocol beforehand and some training as to how to decide. I didn’t find the work too hard and I found the offices in general very relaxed and a nice place to work in, even if it was just temporary. It was great having three other people in the same boat in case we got stuck or weren’t sure about something we could support each other.
Towards the end of the first week, I received a message from F-Lex stating that Eversheds Sutherland had loved the service and our work so far that they decided to extend the work! You then get a choice whether to continue or not. There is no pressure to continue and they recognise that you are students and may have university to contend with.
I would highly recommend using F-Lex Legal if you are interested in becoming a lawyer and even a paralegal, the service is great. The lovely team at F-Lex always keep you updated and communicate with you at every stage of the process. It isn’t as daunting as it may seem!
Here is the link: https://flex.legal/