The Law Society of Scotland’s Accredited Paralegal status is a voluntary accreditation for paralegals working in Scotland. It provides a defined professional status and a career path for paralegals. Accreditation is achieved by demonstrating an ability to work to a specified set of standards.
The Accredited Paralegal status accredits paralegals as knowledgeable and proficient in a particular practice area, and confirms that they have experiential learning, supported by a qualification. The title will act as a gold standard for non-solicitor services.
You can apply to become an accredited paralegal if you are a paralegal with more than two years’ experience. If you have less than 2 years’ experience, but are currently working in a legal firm and hold the necessary qualification, you can apply to undertake one year of training as a Trainee Accredited Paralegal. After the traineeship you will become a fully Accredited Paralegal.
To become a Trainee Accredited you must have a recognised and relevant academic qualification and practical experience in their legal area - the Specialist Paralegal Qualification is the highest level of qualification available in Scotland.
There are currently 12 practice areas in which you can become an Accredited Paralegal, and these areas are listed on the Law Society of Scotland website.
Membership of the status gives you enhanced opportunities by identifying you as an accredited paralegal with significant expertise in your area of law. Additional benefits include: preferential CPD rates, free membership of the Scottish Paralegal Association, free subscription to the Journal magazine, free access to the confidential helpline LawCare and access to the Law Society of Scotland’s Professional Practice helpline for all ethical and practice queries.
You can find out more about the status, including some very informative FAQ’s on the Law Society of Scotland website by clicking here.
As an additional incentive, Graduates of the CLT Specialist Paralegal Qualification are now eligible to apply to become Trainee Accredited Paralegals as soon as they have completed their qualification – you do not need to wait until Graduation! You will receive the remainder of the practice year in which you apply free, ie if you apply in July, you will receive free membership until 31 January. If you would like to know more about the Accredited Paralegal Status please contact Janet on the details below:
Janet Rieu-Clarke, Accredited Paralegal Account Manager, Law Society of Scotland
0131 476 8352 (firstname.lastname@example.org)