Law Society of Scotland Paralegals

Registered Paralegal

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The Registered Paralegal Scheme provides a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals. The scheme recognises the important role of the paralegal in Scotland and sets a new high standard for paralegals to attain.

By meeting this standard, you will have a formally recognised and assessed qualification relevant to your area of legal practice. This will give confidence to your employer and to your firm’s clients that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform to the highest standard in your role as a paralegal.  

The benefits of becoming a Registered Paralegal

  • Career enhancement opportunities, identifying you as an a qualified paralegal with significant expertise in your area of law
  • Career satisfaction: it allows you to work towards and achieve a certain standard in your career
  • Career development: the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge by undertaking CPD
  • Membership of the Scottish Paralegal Association, an organisation serving the interests of paralegals
  • Free access to the confidential helpline, LawCare
  • A free subscription to the Journal magazine
  • Access to lifestyle benefits

How do I become a Registered Paralegal?

It takes one year of training to become a Registered Paralegal. During this a time you will demonstrate competence in both a specific area of legal work and general paralegal work.

At the beginning of the year you will be given a list of competency standards which you have to achieve. Every quarter you will review progress with your supervising solicitor, and complete an online assessment form demonstrating what you have achieved. At the end of the year, having completed all the assessments, you will become a registered paralegal.

You must complete at least 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year.

What are the criteria for becoming a trainee registered paralegal?

  1. Hold a relevant qualification such as a paralegal qualification, a HNC/HND in law/legal studies or a LLB/BA in law
  2. Be working in one of the relevant areas of law
  3. Be working under the supervision of a Scottish solicitor

When can I apply and how much does it cost?

You can apply at any time. The fee is £110 per year.

Apply here

If you wish to discuss any element of your application, including whether you are eligible to apply, or if you wish to apply for a waiver, please get in touch with Denise Robertson / 0131 476 8179.