How to choose

Which is the right paralegal qualification for you?

If you are unsure about which paralegal qualification is right for you, we have developed this table to help you decide. We want you to pick the right qualification, so that the qualification is appropriate for your experience, career plans and the time you have available to study.

If you have any questions, or are still unsure, get in touch or give us a call on 0207 112 8034.

Level 3 Paralegal Qualifications

Paralegal qualification
Description
Enrolment eligibility
Average / overall study time
Compulsory / optional units
Level 3 Award
A basic entry level qualification and introduction to the English Legal System which enables you to gain knowledge of key areas of law, along with the associated skills that are applicable to your job or intended job
Open to anyone over the age of 16 and career changers with a reasonable standard of written English.
4-6 months. A maximum of 12 months
1 + 1
Level 3 Certificate
While still an entry level qualification, the Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice provides a broader spectrum of knowledge of Paralegal Practice while allowing you to focus on specific legal areas that are suitable for your job or intended career
Open to anyone over the age of 16 and career changers with a reasonable standard of written English.
6-8 Months/maximum 24 months
2 + 2
Level 3 Diploma
The Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice has a more extensive structure, enabling you to gain the key skills and competencies you will require to become an effective Paralegal. A Level 3 Diploma in Paralegal Practice is a benchmark qualification, taking you a step nearer to becoming a Professional Paralegal
Open to anyone over the age of 16 and career changers with a reasonable standard of written English.
10-14 months/maximum 24 months
2 + 4

Level 4 Diploma

Paralegal qualification
Description
Enrolment eligibility
Average / overall study time
Compulsory / optional units
Level 4 Diploma
Our Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and Procedural law. It is the benchmark qualification that will launch your Paralegal Career and from which you can specialise should you decide to develop your career further
NALP Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Paralegal Practice; or two A’ Levels; or an A’ Level Law; or BTEC National Diploma (NVQ/GNVQ Level 3 or above) or CILEX Level 3 Qualifications; or ILSPAs Legal Secretary Diploma
10-14 months/maximum 24 months
10 compulsory units

Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma

Paralegal qualification
Description
Enrolment eligibility
Average / overall study time
Compulsory / optional units
Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma
This qualification is designed to bridge the gap between an academic degree and the practical, procedural knowledge and skills necessary to be able to function effectively as a Professional Paralegal Practitioner
LL.B, BA LAW, or CPE/GDL completed within the last 7 years
6-8 months/maximum 24 months
6 compulsory units