Law Society of Scotland Accredited Paralegal logoThe Law Society of Scotland Accredited Paralegal Status is a voluntary accreditation for paralegals working in Scotland. It provides a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals.  All accredited paralegals must adhere to a specified set of standards.

If you are a paralegal with more than two years' experience in one of the 12 practice areas you can apply to become an accredited paralegal or if you have less than two years' experience but hold the necessary qualifications you will undergo a year of training before you gain accredited paralegal status. 

How to become an Accredited Paralegal
1. Waiver route

The waiver route is available to all applicants who are presently working as a paralegal or equivalent under a specific area of practice and have been for a minimum of two years. You must comply with all of the required competencies and must complete at least 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year. 

Criteria for the waiver route;

  1. You must have been working as a paralegal or equivalent for a minimum of two years under a specific area of practice and comply with all of the required competencies for that area of practice.
  2. You must be currently working in one of the relevant areas of practice.
  3. You must be working under the supervision of a Scottish solicitor.

 

2. Trainee route

It takes one year of training to become an Accredited Paralegal. During this time you will demonstrate competence in both a specific area of practice and general paralegal work and you will be expected to complete at least 10 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year. There are 12 areas of law each with its own set of relevant competencies.

Criteria for the trainee route;

  1. You must hold a relevant qualification such as a paralegal qualification, an HNC/HND in law/legal studies or an LLB/BA in law.
  2. You must be working in one of the relevant area of practice.
  3. You must be working under the supervision of a Scottish solicitor.
Membership information

The application process is a two stage process and you can apply at any time during the practice year.  Stage 1 of the application process requires you to complete the application form and then return this to: accreditedparalegals@lawscot.org.uk . You will then receive an email with login details for your online account. At Stage 2 you will be asked to submit a Provision of Evidence form which is available when you login. This will include a self statement from you and a supporting statement from your employer. Once this is received your application will be reviewed and submitted to the Accredited Paralegal Committee for approval.  Once approved you will be advised and an invoice for the membership fee will be issued to you for payment. As soon as payment has been received and processed you will be contacted by email to confirm you are now a full member and a copy of your certificate will be enclosed.  

The joining fee is £110 per annum and is payable by Cheque/Bacs or Credit Card

Why should I join?

As well as the title acting as a gold standard for non-solicitor services, further reasons to join are:

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

If you are interested in finding our more about the Accredited Paralegal Status please do not hesitate to contact  Janet Rieu-Clarke, Accredited Paralegal Account Manager at janetrieu-clarke@lawscot.org.uk

Frequently asked questions

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

Areas of practice

There are currently 12 areas of practice in which you can become accredited.

Trainee accredited paralegals

It takes one year of training with asupervising solicitor to become a Trainee Accredited Paralegal.

Member benefits

Our member benefits include a wide range of personal, professional and business benefits.

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Professional Practice

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