Frequently asked Questions About Paralegals and Paralegal Courses
Which course is the appropriate course for me?
You should let yourself be guided by the eligibility requirements set out for each qualification. The Level 7 is aimed at English Law graduates, and presumes that any learner already studied and understands the general principles of English Law
. Both the Level 3 and 4 courses presume no prior knowledge of the law. You are not necessarily required to start at Level 3 in order to move on to Level 4. The appropriate course is therefore based on your previous education and experience. The eligibility criteria should guide you on this.
Other factors that may guide your decision will be your ultimate intentions eg why you wish to do the course. Even though you may be eligible for the Level 4, you may find that the flexibility of the Level 3 qualifications, better meets your needs.
I am a foreign lawyer/ law graduate, which course should I take?
The most appropriate, and cost effective, course for you would be the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies. Please note that learners must have good written and spoken English in order to be eligible to enroll for our courses. Evidence may be requested at the time of enrolment.
How long does the course take?
Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete the Level 3 Certificate, Level 3 Diploma, Level 4 Diploma and Level 7 Diploma. Students have a maximum of 1 year to complete the Level 3 Award, Part 1 of the Level 4 Diploma and Part 2 of the Level 4 Diploma, and a maximum of 6 months to complete a Single Unit Subject This is an overestimate as we recognise that the course is required to fit around your other commitments. Suggested times for completion are;
Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies - 10-14 months
Level 3 Award in Paralegal Practice – 3-4 months
Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice – 6-8 months
Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice - 9-12 months
There are no minimum time constraints, you can go as fast as you like. However we do recommend that you await results of your previous assignment before completing the next.
* Membership is necessary to study with the NALP; your first year’s membership is included within the cost of the Level 3, Level 4 and Level 7 Qualifications, but NOT included if you enrol for a Single Unit Subject. If you have not completed your studies after the first year, then you will be required to renew your membership.
When can I start?
You can start whenever you like! The course is by distance learning we don’t have any specific enrolment dates.
How do I start?
Click the ‘enrol here’ tab of the webpage, select the course you are looking to take (with the relevant payment plan) and fill in your details.
I have paid, what happens now?
We will receive notification that this payment has gone through and will contact you with an enrolment form (and standing order mandate if you have chosen the deposit and instalments method).
When do I receive the course materials?
Once we have received the enrolment form and standing order mandate back, you will be enrolled and course materials will be sent to you via email as PDF documents.
The date the email with your materials is sent, is your start date for your study, and you will have 2 years from this day (for Level 3 Certificate/Diploma and Level 4 and 7 Diplomas) or 1 year for the Level 3 Award or Parts 1 or 2 of the Level 4 Diploma, or 6 months for a single unit Subject.
How am I assessed?
The course uses continuous assessment, so learners must successfully complete a single assignment for each unit.
How do the assignments work?
Once you have read the course material for each unit and feel comfortable you can request, via email, your assignment. You will have 4 weeks to complete that assignment and the date by which you need to submit it will be specified in the email.
If you fail to return your assignment on time, you will be deemed to have failed. If you don’t receive your assignment within a reasonable time after requesting it, you should contact us again to follow up.
If you require more time to complete the assignment, we can give you an extra week, but only if the application for extra time is made in writing, with evidence. An application without evidence will not be accepted. (Please see our reasonable adjustments and special considerations policy)
How is my assignment marked?
We have independent examiners who mark the papers. Please allow 2-4 weeks for papers to be marked although this may be much faster depending on the number we have to be marked at the time. Please note that no feedback is given.
I haven’t passed an assignment, what happens now?
If you fail your assignment you are given a second opportunity to successfully complete it. If you fail again then you will be offered a third opportunity provided you pay a fee of £20. There can be no fourth attempt.
I have queries or questions regarding the course material?
You can contact with office with any queries or questions that you have about NALP Course Material and we will try to help as much as possible. However, we are unable to answer questions relating to assignments, but you can request tutor assistance.
I have a learning difficulty, what help can I get?
As the courses are by distance learning the help we can provide is limited. We do have a student mentor, entirely independent from us, who can help and guide you. We can also offer extensions in time, for completing assignments and the course if that is required. However if this is the case you must contact us, and make your application from this extension prior to starting the course or the assignment in question. We require evidence in support of any application. (Please see our reasonable adjustments and special considerations policy)
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