NALP appointed as assessor for updated Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard

updated on 01 February 2023

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The National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP) has been chosen as an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) for the Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard.

The apprenticeship itself is aimed at those who want to work in and around the legal sector, combining both study and practical experience in one. According to training provider BPP University Law School, typical job roles for those who qualify, include:

  • paralegal;
  • junior fee earner;
  • legal administrator; and
  • legal secretary.

As an EPAO, the NALP will be more involved in the future of the paralegal profession. Its Chief Executive Officer Jane Robson commented: “Being an EPAO for the Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard means that we can be fully involved in ensuring that tomorrow’s paralegals have the best foundation of knowledge and skills possible, which is good for all of our members and the profession itself.”

NALP will join The British Institute of Recruiters and The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) when it begins delivering end-point assessments in the spring/summer of 2023.

The reason for this later start date is that the apprenticeship standard itself is currently under review and the new standard is likely to be in place by that time.

Robson, who’s been heavily involved in the review of this standard, added: “The Level 3 Paralegal Standard has had a number of issues since its inception. NALP has worked closely with the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), the ESFA, plus other stakeholders, including providers and employers, to improve the Standard and make it more suitable for today’s paralegal apprentices.”

NALP is a non-profit membership body and the only paralegal body that’s recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual.

If you’re interested in apprenticeships make sure to check out the latest legal apprenticeship vacancies on LawCareers.Net.