News Careers IoP backs Law Soc’s bid to create paralegal qualification By Margaret Taylor 29 July 2010 10:33 17 December 2015 16:06 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 29 July 2010 at 13:16 ILEX is the professional body representing around 22,000 qualified and trainee Legal Executives, and is recognised by the Ministry of Justice as one of the three core routes to becoming a qualified lawyer. Why the need for a paralegal qualification? Reply Link Anonymous 29 July 2010 at 15:39 What about the CLT, which offers Specialist Paralegal Qualifications in association with the University of the West of England? Reply Link Anonymous 29 July 2010 at 16:15 The CLT “qualification” has no status at all. Just a money making con. If you start giving recognition to unqualified staff then before you know it you have the equivalent of licensed conveyancers. keep them all out. ILEX is bad enough without polluting the professional well any further. Reply Link Anonymous 30 July 2010 at 11:33 Fair comment, perhaps, what is needed is proper regulation by the Law Society on all legal providers (commercial and academic)? Reply Link Anonymous 30 July 2010 at 12:56 Does anyone know the difference between the national institute of paralegals (nips?), the licensed instutute of paralegals, the national paralegal institute and the association of national paralegals? I’m getting really confused. Do they have many members? I suppose ILEx has been around for a long while and appears to be credible, so maybe they’re the people whose view should be sought. Reply Link Anonymous 2 August 2010 at 09:14 Paralegals do twice the work of a trainee, yet they are paid half the amount. Reply Link Anonymous 2 August 2010 at 13:25 I find the the comment “ILEX is bad enough” most offensive. I have been a Filex for a number of years and have recently undertaken the Advocacy Training. I consider myself as qualfiied and as capable as any other legal professional, whether that be solicitor or barrister, that I find myself opposite in court; in fact, on occasions, more capable! Reply Link Anonymous 2 August 2010 at 13:28 Legal Executives are not paralegals! Reply Link Amanda Hamilton Chief Executive, NALP 2 August 2010 at 13:30 Referring to ‘Anonymous’ (30th July 12.56pm), we would like to point out that there are no such organisations as ‘The Licensed Institute of Paralegals’, ‘The National Paralegal Institute’ or the ‘Association of National Paralegals’. There are only two professional bodies for paralegals: The NALP (The National Association of Licensed Paralegals) is the leading body and has been established for 23 years. The other is The Institute of Paralegals (IoP) formerly known as The Paralegal Association and formed around 2004. We would also like to point out that the IOP’s ‘national framework’ is not the first ever framework for a paralegal career. The NALP has run one since 1989. It has been the forerunner for paralegal career development and its foundation qualification, the Higher Diploma in Paralegal Studies, has been (in the recent past) nationally accredited and recognised by The National Open College Network from 1995- 2002 and has been run by Further Education Colleges up and down the country. More importantly NALP has recently gained Awarding Body accreditation and status from the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (OfQUAL), the watchdog for qualifications in England. Furthermore the NALP’s Post Graduate Diploma in Paralegal Practice (the PPC), is specifically designed for Law Graduates to enable them to obtain the necessary understanding of legal practice (because a Law Degree does not cover any of it), has been successfully running for ten years and the NALP Higher Diploma (procedural law content) been incorporated (as an option) in Sunderland University’s Law Degree Programme for the past six years. NALP will of course be working closely with The Law Society in connection with its proposed study and is already working with Skills For Justice in a similar vain. Those persons who have responded negatively, above, to the need for Paralegals to be qualified are either not in the profession or do not want to improve their careers. Qualifications are very necessary as the majority of Paralegals do virtually the same work as Solicitors. The ‘pen pushing office fodder’ referred to by some are not Paralegals but merely administrative clerks. Reply Link Anonymous 2 August 2010 at 17:07 I think CLT as the leading provider of post qualification training for solicitors throughout the UK is ideally placed to provide paralegal qualifications through it’s academic partner, the Bristol Law School, The university of The West of England. The qualifications are highly practical and comprehensive and rated at the highest level currently available by The Institute of Paralegals. The Law Society of Scotland have recently recognised the equivalent qualifications provided by CLT in Scotland as satisfying the academic standards for their new registered paralegal scheme which is overseen by the Society. A similar scheme in England can only improve consumer confidence and credibility in the legal profession overall Reply Link Charon QC 2 August 2010 at 20:18 Anyone else with a vested interest going to add to the quality of this debate ? Just askin…. Reply Link Charon QC 2 August 2010 at 20:20 I was interested in this quote from one of the comments above… “The ‘pen pushing office fodder’ referred to by some are not Paralegals but merely administrative clerks.” Anyone setting up a representative body for ‘pen pushing office fodder’…. ? Reply Link ida cihlarova-elson 4 August 2010 at 16:03 I have recently completed the company law course with CLT Scotland. The course was very well structured, very well written, easily understood ( unlike some law texts) and the staff and tutor support was incredible. Professional, efficient and very helpful and pleasant. I had no knowledge of the subject, yet now, I not only understand the theory I can use it in practice. And there are not many courses that can prepare you for the “real thing”. I would recommend this course to anybody who has an interest in law or wishes to pursue a career in legal environment. Whilst a lawyer may have a knowledge in different law subjects, a professional paralegal will have a thorough knowledge and in a particular subject. Reply Link Anonymous 4 August 2010 at 16:59 Well said Charon QC! Can anyone else here please distinguish between a debate about the best way to promote professional standards for paralegals and an unseemly squabble over market share? This exchange does the putative paralegal ‘profession’ no favours whatsoever. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.