A career as a paralegal can be extremely rewarding – and you don’t need a law degree to enter the profession.
Whether you are starting your career in law, or currently working for a law firm and wish to progress further and gain recognition for your skills, then our partnership with the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) can provide you with a cost-effective, accessible route to achieving a law qualification that is nationally recognised.
NALP is a professional Membership Body for Paralegals. NALP encourages, promotes and develops the role and practice of the paralegal and represents the best interests of its members. You can find out more here. Students tend to be highly motivated and career-focussed, and once fully qualified, paralegals are able to become fee earners for their firm, making the NALP qualification a popular career progression route for legal secretaries.
Our Law Courses and Apprenticeships
NALP’s Level 3 Course is the entry level qualification for paralegals. This course is perfect for those looking to become a paralegal and those with some paralegal experience who are seeking to progress their career in the legal sector and within a variety of other sectors.
In this paralegal course, you will develop a key understanding of legal systems in England and Wales and build your knowledge of specialist legal subject areas.
What will I learn?
The Level 3 Certificate consists of four units of study and can be completed within an academic year.
This qualification is suitable for those starting their career in law or for those currently working for a law firm who wish to progress further and gain recognition for their skills.
Units of Study
This Level 3 course covers the following units:
- Unit 30 – Introduction to Law for Paralegals
In this unit, you will gain a detailed knowledge of the legal system in England and Wales and the general legal principles of Contract and Tort Law. You will study the law making process, court structure, roles of key legal personnel and methods of dispute.
- Unit 31 – Legal Ethics and Responsibilities for Paralegals
The aim of this unit is to understand the paralegal responsibilities in relation to client care. Develop a deep understanding of methods of appropriate professional conduct and be ready to apply client care to any given situation.
- Unit 33 – Civil Litigation for Paralegals
You will study how the process of civil litigation is conducted using the areas of debt recovery, personal injury, consumer law and family law as illustrations. In understanding how civil actions are commenced, funded and defunded, you will be able to effectively assist in civil litigation cases in practice or provide services to legal departments involved in litigation.
- Unit 36 – Conveyancing for Paralegals
In this unit you will learn the conveyancing process in England and Wales and be able to apply the knowledge to give scenarios. Key practical skills you will learn will include taking instructions from clients and matters relating to the client interview.
How will I be assessed?
All units are assessed by open book assignments which you have four weeks to complete.
Open to anyone over the age of 16 and career changers with a reasonable standard of written English.
Upon successful completion of this Certificate Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice, students can progress to the NALP Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies.
The qualification provides a flexible and cost-effective route to a legal career without the requirement of a law degree.
Once fully qualified (Level 4 Diploma), paralegals can become fee earners for their firm or apply for a licence to practise in their own right (subject to strict eligibility criteria), making these qualifications a popular career progression route for legal secretaries.
How to Apply
Applications can be made via our partner colleges. Search for your nearest provider here >
Online and On Campus
Choose how, when and where you want to study with our Online and On Campus courses and apprenticeships.
Online lessons can be accessed at any time, using a mobile, tablet or desktop – allowing you to fit your study around work and life commitments. Each lesson lasts around 45 minutes and can be re-visited as often as you need. Lessons are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life, and exercises and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further.
On campus, you will benefit from face-to-face classes (or virtual classroom sessions) at your local partner college with an experienced tutor. A combination of tutor-led lessons, group exercises and discussion help you apply theory to real-life workplace situations.
Note regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19): Due to the nature of our Online and On Campus courses, with key concepts being taught online through high-quality video lectures, students are able to continue their studies seamlessly with social distancing in place or if the college has to close. Regular ‘On Campus’ lessons are replaced by remote ‘virtual classroom’ sessions led by college tutors. This flexible approach can be easily adapted to suit government guidance and college policies.
Engaging Learning for Busy Lives
Whether you’re upskilling, retraining or juggling family commitments, finding the time to study can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve built our courses and apprenticeships to fit around our students’ busy lives.
Watch this short video to find out how our Online and On Campus approach gives you the flexibility to decide how, when and where you want to study.