Paralegal (Apprenticeship Level 3)

Introduction

This apprenticeship standard has been designed by a number of law firms and legal departments with experience in employing paralegals. It has been developed with close involvement of CILEx Regulation and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) who may seek to rely on successful completion of this standard to provide exemptions from the on-programme requirements for onward qualification as either a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer or a solicitor.

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are providing legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be carried out, but are not exclusive to this include:

Managing data records, reviewing documents, drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms, assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files, carrying out research, handing confidential and sensitive information, communicating with internal and external clients.

Entry requirements

Prior qualifications: Level 2 legal qualification or have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C or 9-4 including English and maths or have substantial workplace experience in a legal setting.

Functional skills

Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their Apprenticeship. If this has already been achieved then development of further English and maths skills will continue for the whole of the apprenticeship.

End point assessment

To achieve this apprenticeship standard, the employer, training provider and apprentice will agree when the apprentice is ready and competent to undertake the independent end point assessment, which will test their skills knowledge and behaviours required for this role.

Progression

Upon completion of this Apprenticeship, learners can progress to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

Funding

This apprenticeship is in funding band 9. Levy paying employers may fund apprentices on this programme from their Apprenticeship Account and non-levy paying small and medium-sized enterprises through the co-funded option. There may be a small fee for some SME’s (this is usually 10% of the cost of the Apprenticeship e.g. £900.

Duration

This apprenticeship is expected to last up to 24 months but can be less depending on ability and previous skills and knowledge.

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