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Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Paralegal Practice

The Level 3 Paralegal Practice qualifications are designed for paralegals, or those who aspire to train to become paralegals and currently work in business administration or secretarial services or within the legal environment, or those who wish to enter into the profession and seek to develop key skills and knowledge such as drafting; negotiating; legal system and knowledge of specialist legal subject areas such as conveyancing or employment law.

Award

The Level 3 Award in Paralegal Practice enables you to gain or strengthen your knowledge of key areas of law, along with the associated skills that are applicable to your job or intended job.

Certificate

This is a slightly more extensive qualification; the Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice will enable you to gain a broader knowledge of Paralegal Practice whilst focusing on the specific legal areas that are suitable for your job or intended career.

Diploma

Our Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice has a more extensive structure, enabling you to gain the key skills and competencies you will require to become an effective Paralegal. A Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice is the benchmark qualification, taking you a step nearer to becoming a Professional Paralegal and applying for Associate membership of NALP.

 

Rationale

These qualifications are designed to be offered to learners from the age of 16, although in practice the majority of learners are likely to be over 18.

NALP does not specify entry requirements other than that a reasonable standard of written English is required. However, Centres delivering this course are required to ensure that learners who undertake these programmes have sufficient capability at the right level to be suitable to undertake Level 3 assessment.

Progression

The Level 3 Qualifications in Paralegal Practice provide for opportunities to progress to other qualifications at the same or higher levels such as the NALP Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies. These qualifications support learners in meeting the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for Paralegals, as signposts to the standards are included.

Rules of Combination

Unit and rules of combination for Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma

Award- Learners need to complete mandatory unit 30 plus any other unit to a minimum of 12 credits to achieve the qualification. Guided learning hours: 85-95

Certificate- Learners need to complete mandatory units 30 and 31 plus any combination of units to a minimum of 26 credits to achieve the qualification. Guided learning hours 183 to 195.

Diploma- Learners need to complete mandatory units 30 and 31 plus any combination of units to a minimum of 40 credits to achieve the qualification. Guided learning hours 288 to 300.

Unit

Title

Credits

Total Learning Hours

GLH

30

Introduction to Law for Paralegals

5

58

40

31

Legal Ethics and Responsibilities for Paralegals

7

68

45

32

Wills and Probate for Paralegals

7

70

50

33

Civil Litigation for Paralegals

7

75

55

34

Criminal Litigation for Paralegals

7

75

55

35

Commercial Law for Paralegals

7

70

50

36

Conveyancing for Paralegals

7

70

55

37

Employment Practice for Paralegals

7

67

48

38

Consumer Rights and Remedies for Paralegals

7

67

48