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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.
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.
You can apply at any time. The fee is £110 per year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 0131 476 8179.