Coronavirus update for Accredited Paralegals

Changes to CPD requirements and traineeships in light of Coronavirus

Our Accredited Paralegal Status is a voluntary accreditation for paralegals working in Scotland. It aims to provide a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals.  It increases awareness of the role of the paralegal in Scotland and sets a consistent standard for paralegals to attain.

 Benefits:

  • Recognition as paralegal with significant expertise in your area of law
  • Provide confidence to clients that you meet the Society’s standards for an accreditation
  • Access to the confidential professional practice helpline
  • Access to our Lawscot Wellbeing portal
  • Fortnightly updates via our Lawscot news email
  • Membership of the Scottish Paralegal Association, an organisation serving the interests of paralegals
  • A free subscription to the Journal magazine
  • Access to lifestyle benefits

The Accredited Paralegal Status is open to anyone working as a paralegal under the supervision of a Scottish solicitor, either in private practice or in-house.  We have a mix of Accredited Paralegals and trainee Accredited Paralegals.

To be eligible to join you must have a minimum of two years' experience as a paralegal working under a supervising solicitor and within a specific practice area. You must provide evidence that you have been continuously working and that you are proficient in all of the competency areas for your chosen practice area.  During each practice year you must complete at least 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).  

Joining information

The application form is the same for both accredited paralegals and trainee accredited paralegals

Trainee accredited paralegals

It takes one year of training with a supervising solicitor to become an Accredited Paralegal.

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about our Accredited Paralegal scheme and how it works.

Areas of practice

There are currently 13 areas of practice in which you can become accredited.

Professional Practice

Our Professional Practice team offers free and confidential support and advice on legal practice and procedure.