Paralegal Qualifications - Level 3 & 4 Diploma - NALP Course

Licensed Paralegal Qualifications

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There are anywhere up to 300,000 paralegals in the UK. The National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) is the leading paralegal self-regulatory body in England and Wales. Only those who fulfil NALP’s criteria can practice under their title of Licensed Paralegal.
A NALP paralegal qualification can help paralegals gain a higher level of membership with NALP and even help them when applying for a NALP License to Practice. This is subject to meeting other strict criteria set by NALP, such as having three years minimum experience. The NALP License holder may offer their own clients legal services.

Paralegal level 3

NALP Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Paralegal Practice is an entry-level qualification for students looking to become a paralegal and who have some paralegal experience and are looking to enhance their career. It covers the main areas associated with traditional High Street legal practice.
You need a minimum of a Level 3 law related certificate/diploma to apply for Associate Membership with NALP.

Paralegal level 4

NALP Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies is the benchmark qualification to launch your paralegal career. It also allows you to apply for Associate Membership of NALP showing that you are a NALP qualified paralegal. The course teaches English legal system and procedural law including.

Paralegal level 7

NALP Level 7 Diploma in Paralegal Practice is an internationally recognised qualification, which is regulated and accredited by the government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). It is ideal for those with a law degree or a Graduate Diploma in law, bridging the gap between an academic degree and the practical, procedural knowledge and skills necessary to be able to be an effective Paralegal Practitioner.

FAQ about NALP courses

In part, this depends upon your prior qualifications. The Level 7 Diploma in Paralegal Practice is primarily aimed at Law graduates. It presupposes students have already learnt the general principles of English law. However, NALP Level 3 and 4 courses do not require prior knowledge of the law. Also, you can start at Level 4 instead of Level 3 if you meet the requirements of the higher level. Please see the individual course descriptions for further details. Some students prefer to study individual topics within the Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications, either to top up or exempt themselves from parts of other law courses.
The answer is probably the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies, provided you have a good written and spoken standard of English. Evidence of this may be requested.
Typical times for completion are: Paralegal Practice:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice: 6 to 8 months
  • Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice: 9 to 12 months

  • You have a maximum of two years to complete a full course. There are no minimum time constraints.
    Our courses are taught online. There are no set enrolment dates.
    By continuous assessment with one assignment per topic. Once you have requested your assignment you have four weeks to complete it.
    Once you have read the course material for each topic you can request your assignment. Then you have four weeks to complete that assignment from the date specified in the email.
    These are granted in connection with specific circumstances such as a learning disability, visual impairment or even a sudden illness. Please discuss at enrolment or when things happen as appropriate.

    FAQ about Licensed Paralegals

    NALP is the leading self-regulatory body of paralegals in England and Wales. Provided a paralegal meets the strict criteria set by NALP, such as three years’ work experience and professional indemnity insurance, a person who holds a NALP Paralegal License can offer legal services directly to their own clients. Licensed Paralegals can even set up High Street practices offering their legal services to the public.
    If working in a law firm, Junior paralegal duties can involve:

  • Keeping client files organised and carrying out office administration including billing.
  • Organising diaries and scheduling meetings.
  • Compiling material to be used in litigation – filing appeals, briefs and other documents with the court and other parties.
  • Transcribing legal opinion.
  • Arranging meetings with witnesses, clients, and other lawyers.
  • Making sure clients are in the loop regards proceedings and responding to enquiries.
  • Preparing reports for lawyers to review including collecting out-of-court testimonies from parties and witnesses for use in court.

  • Duties for more experienced and higher qualified paralegals working in a law firm can involve, but are not limited to:

  • Providing financial quotes to clients.
  • Discovering the facts, legal implications and precedents of the case through research and interviewing clients and witnesses.
  • Drafting legal documents, for example, contracts and pleadings.
  • Note-taking at court and otherwise assisting with a trial, for example by preparing exhibits, and reading court transcripts.
  • Writing articles for readers within and outside of the organisation.
  • Representing clients in certain courts and tribunals.
  • Passing on legal information to clients.
  • Handling a caseload of clients.
  • Networking

  • Paralegals can also provide legal advice services directly to clients.
    There are relatively few areas in which a paralegal cannot do what a solicitor does. However, there are certain tasks that are referred to as ‘Reserved Activities’ which can only be carried out by solicitors or barristers. These are: conducting litigation, rights of audience (representing clients) in the main courts, certain aspects of conveyancing and obtaining a Grant of Representation (a document that proves the legal authority of whoever is entrusted to deal with the estate of the deceased). Otherwise, provided they are representing their solicitor or qualified litigator employer, paralegals can have rights of audience on the following:

  • Most interim application hearings and hearings in Chambers.
  • In most family case applications in the High Court and the County Court.
  • They have absolute rights of audience in the Small Claims Court and in most tribunals, and they can conduct general legal business.

  • In some cases a Judge will grant a request for a Paralegal to represent a litigant in court, but only if they are sure they are qualified to do so. Having a recognised qualification and being a member of a respected membership body can assist with this, particularly if one is a Licenced Paralegal. The key is to put yourself in a position to get the best paralegal jobs in a large market.
  • In-house legal teams working within companies.
  • Law firms
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • A central and local government such as Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner and the Ministry of Justice
  • Non-commercial organisations and public bodies, for example, Citizens Advice, BBC, police, NHS and Commission for Racial Equality
  • Legal helplines
  • Law centres

  • Plus more and more Paralegals are setting up their own business to offer legal advice direct to clients.
    Paralegals have traditionally worked in practice areas associated with High Street law firms such as family law, divorce, housing, immigration, wills and probate, crime, employment and conveyancing. However, paralegals can also be found in law firm business that covers wealth creation/commercial/wealth management, risk management and compliance, and, occasionally, political, constitutional and administrative matters. Examples of the private sector in which paralegals work in in-house legal teams include:
  • Financial Services: insurance, banking, credit control and building societies
  • Retail
  • Export
  • Entertainment and the media
  • Private healthcare

  • Intellect
  • Sound knowledge of the law and the legal system. Good legal research skills and the ambition to want to develop skills, experience, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Being highly organised/having project management skills including time management, planning and setting priorities.
  • Being comfortable handling large and multiple workloads.
  • Sound office administrative skills for tasks such as filing, typing and letter writing.
  • Behaving professionally and getting the most out of people. Emotional intelligence; teamwork skills particularly when working with other departments and personality types. Diplomacy, assertion, discretion and being respectful of client confidentiality.
  • A methodical approach, with an eye for details and ability to carefully analyse files and data.
  • IT and cybersecurity skills; ability to work with document management systems
  • Aptitude for business and understanding the client./li>
  • Ability to network
  • Language skills
  • Flexibility and resilience


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