Law Society paralegal accreditation scheme
The Law Society have recently announced that it is to launch a paralegal accreditation scheme for non-qualified staff working in organisations regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
This scheme will allow law and LPC graduates to apply for qualification as a solicitor without undertaking a traditional training contract. Instead the SRA will consider those who have had 2 years’ experience within a firm as a paralegal. This finally gives those working throughout legal practice the opportunity to gain recognition for their work and expertise.
The scheme is said to incorporate three generic skills; national occupational standards, research drafting and ethical and regulatory knowledge. It has been proposed that assessments will be subject to evidence of competence in these core skills.
It will provide compulsory online training for the ethical and regulatory issues. These will be mapped to the national recognised qualification framework.
This will offer an alternative to those who haven’t been offered the highly sought after and competitive training contracts.
The scheme has gained support from firms and employees so far, but how this is going to work in practice is yet to be seen.