Degree Apprenticeship: Paralegal

This two year Paralegal Apprenticeship has been created by an employer Trailblazer group that includes leading law firms. The programme aims to ensure that businesses can recruit new talent and provide a solid foundation for working within a law firm or other legal services environment and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to perform the routine tasks of a junior Paralegal.

Apprentices who undertake the Paralegal Apprenticeship, will also work towards an academic award; the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services awarded by BPP University). On successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services), apprentices may be able to move onto BPP University Law School’s Solicitor Apprenticeship with an exemption from Year 1 provided that they have chosen Contract Law as their elective module.

Programme details
Location

Multiple

Start Date

September

Length of programme

Standard Guideline is two years

This is based on first time passes and completion of the programme as designed. The learner will study for their apprenticeship whilst working in a full time role. Throughout the programme, work-based assignments will demonstrate the practical application of theory in the workplace.

Modes of study

Blended learning with synchronous and asynchronous online learning supported by regular face-to-face sessions in University centre locations and individual support.

Assessment

Include: Portfolio and written assessments In addition learners will complete a variety of University assessments during the programme.

How to apply

BPP Professional Education Group BPP Professional Education Group is one of Europe’s largest specialist professional education providers of accountancy, legal and financial qualifications. BPP University is part of the BPP Professional Education Group and is a distinct legal entity with its own degree-awarding powers. In other parts of the Group, we offer a range of professional apprenticeships and qualifications from Level 3 upwards.

To find out more about these apprenticeships, and other ways BPP can help your business, visit http://www.bpp.com/apprenticeships/employers or email legalapps@bpp.com or call 03331 309 119

 

Key Information

  • Attract talent: our compelling programme will recruit and develop ambitious school leavers and equip them with the skills, knowledge and experience to excel in the workplace
  • Tailored to your business: create a professional solution around the knowledge and skills your businesses requires, with the possibility of internal training options
  • Taught by professionals: our tutors are practitioners with real-world knowledge of their field, providing apprentices with an industry relevant education
  • Flexible learning without compromise: apprentices are able to utilise facilities such as innovative online resources, enabling them to study alongside their existing commitments
  • Increase retention and productivity: designed with a curriculum relevant to any age group, so that you can present current employees with an opportunity to develop and progress
  • Cost effective: with government funding available, apprenticeships offer a chance to develop a talented team of individuals without expensive training
  • Practice-focused: our work-based assessments and projects demonstrate how theoretical knowledge is applied to practical challenges in the workplace

Role Suitability

The Paralegal apprenticeship, is suitable for new or existing employees.

Specific job roles may include

  • Paralegal
  • Junior Fee Earner
  • Legal Administrator
  • Legal Secretary

Overview

This two year Paralegal Apprenticeship has been created by an employer Trailblazer group that includes leading law firms. The programme aims to ensure that businesses can recruit new talent and provide a solid foundation for working within a law firm or other legal services environment and to equip them with the skills and knowledge to perform the routine tasks of a junior paralegal.

Apprentices who undertake the Paralegal Apprenticeship, will also work towards an academic award; the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) awarded by BPP University. On successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services), apprentices may be able to move onto BPP University Law School’s Solicitor Apprenticeship with an exemption from Year 1 provided that they have chosen Contract Law as their elective module.

Entrants will start by becoming familiar with the fundamentals of legal practice, including developing appropriate behaviours and skills, and will progress to handling files, reviewing documents and communicating with internal and/or external clients. As they progress through the apprenticeship they will have the choice of a particular area of law to study and in the context of a particular practice area. Assistance will be provided in collating material for a portfolio of evidence and in preparing for the apprenticeship end point and university assessments.

Knowledge and Skills

This programme is designed to develop skills including; ethics, professionalism and judgment, technical legal practice, managing themselves and their own work and working with other people.

Quality Assurance

All BPP University Law School programmes go through a validation process prior to launch to ensure that they meet academic standards and provide quality learning opportunities for students.

Programmes are designed and informed by external reference points such as subject benchmark statements, professional body requirements and national qualifications frameworks, and are externally reviewed by academics and professionals in the field of law. The validation process is made up of a number of stages, including a University Approval Panel which includes an independent chair, at least two external subject experts and a student representative. University awards are subject to revalidation every five years but programmes are reviewed annually.

The Apprenticeship Standard is reviewed by the Trailblazer group every three years.

Delivered by BPP University Law School

BPP University Law School is the leading provider of vocational, professional training for aspiring lawyers in the UK. Incorporating established, highly-regarded programmes, we have combined innovative study content with real-world experience and insight from expert tutors delivering practical skills and sector knowledge to help our apprentices excel in the workplace.

Modules

Year One

  • Introduction to Practice (15 Credits)
  • English Legal System & Research (30 Credits)

Choice of Area of Law

Choose one from

  • Contract Law (30 Credits)
  • Tort Law (30 Credits)
  • Land Law (30 Credits)

Year Two

  • Client Care

Choice of Area of Practice

Choose one from:

  • Commercial Practice (15 Credits)
  • Corporate Practice (15 Credits)
  • Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution (15 Credits)
  • Commercial Property Practice (15 Credits)
  • Professional Practice Skills (Level 4) (15 Credits)

The apprentice will have to undertake additional assessments to be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) by BPP University.


Entry Requirements

Students who wish to join the Paralegal Apprenticeship must be in full-time employment in a relevant and suitable role.

  • 240 UCAS points at GCE A-Level (CCC) and 5 GCSEs grades A*- C including in English and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Applicants may be able to apply with a recognised and equivalent qualification through the Accredited Prior Learning route.

For any other queries about entry requirements please contact legalapps@bpp.com

Standard university entry criteria apply. However employers may set their own criteria equivalent to or higher than the university.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 (overall) or equivalent plus a minimum of 6.0 in writing.

Students with an overall IELTs of 6.0 or equivalent shall be required to undertake a compulsory in-sessional English/Academic English course during the first term of their studies

Requirements

Employer

  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • Employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning.
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours.
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training.
  • Enter into a contract with BPP University.
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills.

Apprentice

  • Be in full-time employment for at least 30 hours a week.
  • Be an employee (have a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship) on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning.
  • A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA**) or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.
  • Not be enrolled on another apprenticeship at the same time.
  • Has the right to work in England.
  • Able to complete the apprenticeship in contracted working hours.
  • Be in a new job role (nine months or less), or in an existing job role, where significant new Knowledge and Skills are needed – employer statement of justification needed (relevant to the apprenticeship).

Teaching beyond coursework

At BPP University, we have a dedicated Careers service in place to give students an 'edge'. This comes in the form of professional support and guidance given in a range of ways. This ensures you have a rounded and professional approach to finding and securing a graduate role when you finish your studies.

The Careers Service provides one-to-one consultations, mock interviews and career events. You can even receive advice on preparing your all-important CV, filling in application forms and essential interview techniques.

Just as importantly, you are offered 'Career Ready Skills' workshops throughout the year. Developed with employers, the skills taught have been identified as those critical to the success of organisations and cover everything from negotiation and presentation techniques to time management./p>

It's never too early to start learning all the essential skills you'll need to get a job, which is why you can begin taking advantage of our careers services as soon as you have accepted a place at BPP University. You then continue to have access to this Careers Service for 12 months after you leave.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability

BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.

Location

  • Multiple

Fees

Employers will be able to draw up a funding cap of £9,000 per apprentice from the Digital Voucher Service to cover the training costs for this Apprenticeship Standard.

From April 2017 the approach to funding significantly changed, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. Employers with pay bills of over £3 million are required to pay a levy which can only be reclaimed to fund Apprenticeship training. More information on the Apprenticeship Levy and what this means for your business you can download our Levy guide here: employers.bpp.com