NALP is currently waiting for Skills For Justice (The Sector Skills Council) to produce the Competency Qualification for the Advanced Apprenticeships at Level 3 (16-18 year olds). There has been a delay and this is not expected to be available now until late Summer 2013.
However, the new advanced apprenticeships at Level 3 (for 16-18 year olds) will provide a pathway to our vocational qualification, the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies (for 19+).
At the NALP we're committed to meeting the needs of a changing market for legal services and provide students with a structured, alternative career route into law practice.
The Level 3 Qualification in Paralegal Practice available from early Summer as a stand alone qualification will include:
Each course can be studied part-time over 1 year and is a straight-forward, cost-effective route to legal qualification for school-leavers and adults alike.
The Qualifications will be delivered as stand-alone through Colleges or by distance learning and will also complement apprenticeships. Clearly structured, the fee will include the course material, examination fees, certificates and affiliate membership to the NALP.
The Level 3 Qualification in Paralegal Practice will compliment the existing vocational Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies
Our Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies offers students a Level 4 qualification, consisting of two modules (ten subjects) covering the General Principles of Law and Procedural Law respectively.This course can be studied part-time over 1 or 2 years and is a comprehensive, cost-effective route to legal qualification for school-leavers and adults returning to education alike.
Advantages to students
The rise in university tuition fees means that it is becoming financially prohibitive for many young people to apply for a university place. Students can earn as they learn and qualify debt free.
Register your interest in becoming a paralegal apprentice Register Now
Advantages to Employers
Firms will be able to employ students on a governmentt-subsidised scheme providing on the job training in conjunction with a local Further Education College.
Register your interest in employing apprentices Register Now
Changes in the Legal Profession
The Legal Services Act 2007 now allows Alternative Business Structures (ABSs), enabling paralegals to become partners in a law firm.
With the reduction in legal funding (legal Aid) and with paralegal fees being financially affordable to most consumers in comparison to solicitors' fees, the role of qualified paralegals will take on greater significance.
Facts about UK Legal Services *
The UK Legal Services market is an important part of the UK economy producing between £24.7 - 25.6 billion per annum.
84% of legal practices run by solicitors are small businesses with four or fewer partners.
* Legal Services Board, Research Note, August 2011.