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Licensed Paralegal Qualifications
In the UK, there are an estimated 60,000 paralegals. The National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) is the leading paralegals regulation body in the United Kingdom.

Only paralegals who fulfil NALP’s criteria can practice under the title of Licenced Paralegal.

Provided Licensed Paralegals take out indemnity insurance, they can now offer services to their own clients and set up their own practices offering legal services to the public.

A NALP qualification can provide you with a strong advantage in a very competitive legal market.

Paralegal level 3

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.

Paralegal level 4

Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies is the benchmark qualification that allows you to apply for Associate membership of NALP. The course teaches English legal system and procedural law including…

Paralegal level 7

Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Paralegal Practice is a nationally 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.

FAQ about NALP courses

In part, this depends upon your prior qualifications. The Level 7 Postgraduate 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: 3 to 4 months

  • 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 visual impairment or sudden illness. Please discuss at enrolment or when things happen as appropriate.

    FAQ about Licensed Paralegals

    Paralegals can now offer legal services directly to their own clients provided they have a licence to practice through National Association of Legal Paralegals (NALP). The NALP is a professional body regulation that brings its members in line with other branches of the legal profession. Only staff who fulfil its criteria laid can practice under the title of Licensed Paralegal. Provided they take out indemnity insurance, Licensed Paralegals have the right to set up High Street practices offering legal services to the public.
    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 can involve:

  • 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

  • There are relatively few areas in which a paralegal cannot do what a solicitor does. The main exceptions 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.
  • The key is to put yourself in a position to get the best paralegal jobs in a large market. That’s where being a Licenced Paralegal has an advantage.

  • 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

  • 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
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  • Ability to network
  • Language skills
  • Flexibility and resilience


  • PRICES

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

    LEVEL 3

    Qualifications
    • Award: £350 or £150 deposit + 2 payments of £100
    • Certificate: £670 or £270 deposit + 4 payments of £100
    • Diploma: £990 or £290 deposit + 7 payments of £100
    • Individual Topics: £200

    LEVEL 4

    Diploma
    • Part 1: £680 or a deposit of £280 + 4 payments of £100
    • Part 2: £680 or a deposit of £280 + 4 payments of £100
    • Complete Course: £1160 or a deposit of £360 + 5 x payments of £160
    • Individual Topics: £400 per single topic or a deposit of £150 + 2 X £125 payments

    LEVEL 7

    Postgraduate
    • Diploma: £1420 or £400 deposit + 6 x £170 payments
    • Individual Topics: £400 per single topic or a deposit of £150 + 2 X £125 payments
    • Course Materials: £105 + postage

    How to apply

    To apply and enrol on our online supported distance learning NALP courses please complete and return an enrolment form by email to info@ltckent.co.uk

    If you wish to discuss this qualification further and find out how it could help you advance your career please contact us on 0330 088 8495 or info@ltckent.co.uk to speak with one of our advisors.
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