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Level 3 NALP in Paralegal Certificate

Level 3 NALP in Paralegal Certificate

The Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Studies is a law qualification for:

  • Those who work in a non-legal role in law firms (e.g. in a secretarial or business administration role).​
  • Students looking to become a paralegal, who have some paralegal experience and are looking to enhance their career.
  • School leavers who want an alternative to university, and graduates.
  • Student of other legal qualifications who can gain course work exemptions through studying NALP topics.

The Certificate covers the main areas associated with traditional High Street legal practice. It is the first stage in becoming a Licenced Paralegal.


Tiers and topics explained

The Certificate is available in three tiers which are divided into topics. Each tier is more advanced than the previous, starting with the Award tier. The acronym TQT used below and alongside the descriptions of topics refers to Total Qualification Time. This is how long an average learner might spend studying for each topic plus how long, on average, the assignment for each topic should take.

Each topic offers in-depth, theoretical and practical learning so students can demonstrate their professional know-how:

  • Learning key skills
  • Interpreting legal language
  • Applying the law to real-life situations
  • Developing key skills in taking instructions.

Tier 1: Award

Tier 2: Certificate

Tier 3: Diploma

As part of their professional development, students may also study for individual units within a tier or across tiers without completing an Award, Certificate or Diploma. This can be particularly helpful for overseas students studying in the UK for a law qualification. They can ask for exemptions from the subjects they have studied with NALP.


How will I be taught and assessed?

This Level 3 diploma is taught by online distance learning with all materials supplied. Students have a maximum of two years to complete the course from the date of enrolment. Depending upon the tier and topics chosen, study time can be between three and twelve months. Assessment is by an assignment submitted online. A typical exam question might be: “Explain how you would prepare for a client meeting and the sort of matters that you would consider and how you would record the information.” A pass mark of 45% is set for each topic assignment – and every learning outcome detailed at enrolment must be achieved. It is possible to gain a mark above 45% overall but fail to pass all the learning outcomes, which would lead to a Refer grade.

Sample Questions for the Level 3


Assignment Guide for Distance Learners


Level 3 Qualification Specification


Topics of study

Introduction to Law for Paralegals (94 TQT)

Legal Ethics and Responsibilities for Paralegals (45 TQT)

Civil Litigation for Paralegals (55 TQT)

Conveyancing for Paralegals (46 TQT)

Criminal Litigation for Paralegals (64 TQT)

Employment Practice for Paralegals (47 TQT)

Wills & Succession for Paralegals (35 TQT)

Commercial Law for Paralegals (78 TQT)

Consumer Rights and Remedies for Paralegals (51 TQT)


Thinking about enrolling in an LTC NALP Level 3 online course?

All our courses are designed to fit around your existing commitments. They can be studied at your own pace and are delivered by our approachable team of law lecturers and practitioners with years of industry experience.

Most importantly, our courses represent great value for money and can be paid for via instalments, making them accessible and ensuring a real return on investment.

All instalments payments are paid monthly and are interest-free. All costs include VAT.

What will I need before I get started?

To study your online course, you will need the following:

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

  • Computer / laptop / Google Chromebook / Apple MacBook
  • Keyboard and a mouse or another pointing device
  • Broadband connection with 10 Mbps average speed
  • An Ethernet cable for maintaining internet stability
  • Working microphone, either internal or external
  • Webcam with 320 x 240 VGA resolution, either internal or external

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Preferred Internet Browser: Google Chrome
  • Operating System: Windows 7+ / macOS 10.11+ / Chrome 58+
  • Free RAM: 2GB
  • Processor: 2GHz Intel Pentium / Intel / ARM
  • Free disk space: 1GB

We are here to help. If you have any questions on the above, please contact us.


How do I enrol?

The Law Training Centre accepts applications throughout the year so that learners can start when it suits them most.

You can request an enrolment form by completing our form. Once completed, you will receive the form directly to the email address you provide.

Please fill in the enrolment form and return it to

To ensure your enrolment is processed as quickly as possible, please make sure that you read the form carefully, and fill out all the required boxes. If you need any help or have questions, please contact us on 0330 088 8495 or


What happens after I send my enrolment form?

Once received, your enrolment will be processed by our Student Services Team. If there are any queries at this stage, we will contact you.

  • Invoicing:
    We will issue your invoice according to your chosen option – either self–sponsored or firm-sponsored. If you are paying by instalments, a separate Direct Debit mandate email will be sent out for you to complete online, you will need to set up both the Direct Debit and complete the initial payment. Once the invoice has been paid (or the Direct Debit set up if applicable) please notify us by return email.
  • Payment options:
    You can pay by bank transfer to our account or by card using the payment link on your invoice. Cheques are accepted and your course login will be made live once the cheque has cleared into our bank account.
  • Course Login:
    Once we have processed your payment and the 14-day cooling-off period has passed or has been waived, please allow up to 2 working days from the invoice being paid to being emailed your course login.


Why choose us?


We are specialised legal trainers, solely focussed on the provision of legal and business training for aspiring and qualified lawyers.


We have a deep understanding of the current legal sector and the training needs of those who work within it.

Our course delivery is uniquely engaging, having full regard of how precious time is for those not only studying law, but also practising at the same time.

We are here to support our students and partners by providing them with the tools to stand out from the competition and accelerate their legal career.

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