Nalp and IoP squabble over paralegal training claims

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  • Whilst many of those who try to debase paralegals are probably solicitors they do not understand the value of a qualification in others. They are more than happy to let the paralegals do what in essence is the same work that they do whilst at the same time paying little and charging big. The clients would in my humble opinion be happier with someone with one of the paralegal qualifications than no qualification. The IoP in trying to claim a superior position to the NAPL should not give out a false representation, NAPL has a career structure supported by exams and has had so for over 20 years. During that time its members have had to earn the respect of those who they work with and for. IoP is a newcomer and is showing the green eye of envy.

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  • As we all know that becoming Licensed paralegal is really the benchmark to prove not only that the individual has legal qualifications, but also experience, and has fulfilled the criteria laid down by the National Association of Licensed Paralegals to a high standard. A s a Licensed Paralegal myself, i have many many options: i can work from home as a company Formation agent or can also work in the community and voluntary sector as i do, working in a community, i have my own staff and train newly appointed company and charity Trustees, and advise members of Committee on the new law updates. As License paralegal , i can also work freelance and can perform tasks for members of the public .
    As a paralegal , i could be a litigant in person with confidence. At the same time, i could become an exclusion Advocate, a courtroom coach, a fee earner on Locum contracts, . I think NAPL route is the best, i am now more confident in what i do in my field of work since i finish this NAPL course.

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  • The career of paralegals has thrown up enmity within the profession as some solicitors view them as a viable competition. It is time that the profession recognises that paralegals are here to stay and that the public will benefit greatly from their input whether they are working in-house or independently on the high street - which is inevitable.
    Our job as course providers must be to ensure that students receive the best quality training to prepare them for the job. So forget all the in-fighting and let's get on with the business at hand.

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  • It is offensive to refer to any human beings as "poor little filing clerks". People everywhere are trying to earn a living in the most difficult climate in living memory. Put away these "attitudes" and develope a little humanity!!
    Pete

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  • All these associations exist to make money, its that simple. I see no need for further qualifications after an LLB to become a good paralegal. Joining NALP or IoP should not be a conditio sine qua non for becoming a paralegal. It should be optional. An LLN graduate can make a good paralegal without further qualifications.

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  • Mfor Divine Afuba has missed a point these associations provide courses in practics as well as law without which the LLB candidate is at a disadvantage. Also as has been implied the paralegal need to have the strength of an association to protect them from the attotude of such as the maker of the statemen 'poor little filing clerks'.

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  • I have read the above comments,and with total conviction and satisafaction,all i can say is,'res ip sa loquitur'.
    Amanda and Team at NALP are doing a fantastic job.They will definitely shrug off this distraction from unequalled detractors

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  • As a postscript to this have a look at http://www.nationalparalegals.com/
    the NALP is now an awarding body recognised by Ofqual. It is going from strength to strength and so it should.

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  • Why is NALP given any credibility at all? Someone help me out here?
    Isn't linked to SEU ... a veritable diploma mill for years?
    NALP offers a joint degree program with SEU, an American company that admittedly cannot award UK qualifications?

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  • Daniel Alicia should be very careful in writing defamitory matter. SEU is nowhere like a 'diploma mill'. An SEU student requires a recognised professional qualification to register as an undergraduate (not just from NALP) and then has to undertake a programme of at least one year's intensive and monitored research in a subject to be approved by SEU. This is followed by the writing of an acceptable Dissertation of not less than 20,000 words. The pass 'mark' is 50% (unlike many UK Universities with a pass mark of 35%).

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