|Dubai-based Tanja completed her NALP Level 4 qualification to stand out amongst the crowd and take her career as a legal secretary to the next level. Find out how she utilised Law Training Centre’s online course to fit her studies around working full time.
I started out in my career as a legal secretary ten years ago – I rather fell into it by accident, as prior to that I had actually worked as a teacher, but something was missing for me and I also wanted to pursue the higher earning potential of a career in law. Since making that change in my career pathway (and moving from Germany to Belgium in the process!), I have worked in a variety of law firms as a legal secretary.
I discovered the NALP qualification whilst searching for a regulated certification to help me stand out from other legal secretaries and I also liked that it would enable me to advance to becoming a Licensed Paralegal. I did a lot of research and, whilst lots of providers offered paralegal courses, NALP was the one that had the Ofqual recognition I was looking for. I knew it was a qualification that would be recognised and appreciated amongst my peers and also my employer.
I discovered Law Training Centre whilst I was researching my options, and was impressed with their competitive price. I also found their customer service very helpful and they were quick to respond to my enquiries – in contrast to some other training providers who didn’t even acknowledged my email!
|I knew that I couldn’t have completed the qualification without having the option to do it online, both due to being based in Dubai and also already having an established career and working full time. The ability to study at my own pace was crucial for me. Since UK qualifications are highly regarded globally, I was focused on obtaining a UK regulated qualification that would be officially recognised because of its high standards.
I was very impressed with how clearly structured the Law Training Centre course and resources were. It was easy to navigate, as I always knew which learning outcomes each section related to, and I never experienced a single technical difficulty or issue with the learning platform. This was particularly important to me as I was studying from abroad.
I am a very independent learner and so I appreciated not being tied to any group work/assessments, and being able to study in a way that suited my own learning style. I was able to listen to the lectures on my way to and from the metro, and I also found the flashcards very useful. When it came to revision, I liked that I was able to print the topic summaries to work through too.
I liked being left to get on with my studies, but when I did need tutor support for an assignment that I struggled with, the tutor responded very quickly, within 24 hours. The exam booking process was also made extremely smooth for me – I was impressed with how efficient Law Training Centre were the whole way through.
I funded my course myself, but my employer reacted very positively to my having completed the qualification. I think it went a long way to demonstrating my motivation and commitment, which they find very valuable.
I would definitely recommend the Law Training Centre NALP course to anyone considering it!