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Paralegal Courses

Study and Qualify as a Paralegal.

Our Procedural Law Courses focus on both practical training skills and foundation in law. This enables paralegals to work as fee earners in Conveyancing, Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, Matrimonial, Corporate Law. They will be able to deal with client files in their areas of study.

We offer Introduction to Advanced Levels. We do not offer various 'levels' as students must be proficient in the entire subject area before qualifying as paralegals!

Online Training College is a long and well established law training college with a solid reputation for training. Our Paralegal Courses cover the foundations in law with 5 core subjects and further prepare you for the world of work with practical training in Procedural Law covering 4 more subjects. With 29 years of training and several years of legal working experience, we continue to offer quality courses which were formulated and developed for the workplace in collaboration with law governing bodies and other legal professionals. Our Conveyancing courses cover the Law Society Conveyancing Protocol.

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Paralegals and are recognised by solicitors nationally and internationally.

There are 3 stages of qualifications for a Paralegal - Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced.

Intermediate Level qualifies you as a Paralegal. This course covers Introduction to Intermediate Level. Modules 1, 2 & 3 must be completed unless exempt.

Advanced Level qualifies you as a Senior Paralegal. This module can be undertaken by students who have completed Modules 1, 2 & 3 or equivalent or who have adequate working legal experience.

Law Graduates who have completed the English Common Law system, are not required to complete any further studies to work as Paralegals, unless they have not covered the Law Society's Legal Practice Course/LPC or equivalent. If they have not completed the LPC, they are required to complete Modules 2 & 3 to qualify for a Postgraduate Paralegal Diploma as a law degree by itself is not sufficient.

On satisfactory completion, the diploma or certificate will be posted to home or business address.

We have published Minimum Estimated Study Time as 8 weeks per module, based on 2 hours study per week but students can be flexible and complete in a longer or shorter time as suits their schedule. Most students complete each Module within 6 months. There is a 2-year time limit to complete each course.

Paralegals must work under supervision of qualified solicitors or barristers. There are some aspects of law which are not reserved solely for solicitors and barristers and within these areas, paralegals may wish to work independently or with paralegal agencies. Areas which are not reserved solely for solicitors and barristers may be within Small Civil Claims, Debt Recovery, some undefended Divorces.

Permission from the Ministry of Justice is required in order to work as an independent Paralegal or to set up a paralegal agency.

Some organisations have joined forces to establish a professional paralegal register. This is a voluntary register which aims to provide greater confidence within the profession. Paralegals may, or may not, wish to join such a register or to become members of a professional body.

In order to qualify for the Paralegal Diploma, Intermediate level, Modules 1,2,3 are compulsory.

 If you wish to progress to the Paralegal Diploma, Advanced level, Module 4 is compulsory.


Procedural Law Course Syllabus


Module 1

Intermediate Level Paralegal Diploma - Modules 1, 2 & 3 are compulsory (Level 3)

General Principles of English Law


1.    English Legal System: Common Law System, Courts of Law, Systems and Courts Structure, Tribunals, Arbitration, The Judiciary, Jurisdiction, Appeals, Legal Aid.


2.    Contract Law: Formation of Contract, Elements – Offer & Acceptance, Vagueness, Incompleteness, Termination of an Offer, Invitation to Treat, Implied Terms, Express Terms, Contractual Obligations, Exclusion Clauses, Defective Contracts, Discharge of Contractual Obligations, Remedies for Breach of Contract.


3.    Law of Tort: Against Person, Against Property, Against Goods, Duty of Care, Defences in Tort - Act of God, Self Defence, Contributory Negligence, Remedies in Tort.


4.    Criminal Law: Classes of Offences, Classes of Trials, Mode of Trial, Committal proceedings - Disclosure, Witness Orders, Plea Bargaining, Liability in Criminal Law – Murder, Manslaughter, Theft, Mens Rea, Actus Reus.


5.    Civil Law: Pre-trial procedures – Civil Procedure Rules, Interlocutory Proceedings, Enforcement of Judgment – Writ of Fieri Facias, Garnishee Order, Writ of Sequestration, Charging Order.


COURSE FEE: £300.00 (inc 10% discount).

Instalments: £82.50 x 4

Full Payment: Modules 1,2,3:  £900.00 (inc 10% discount)

 *    On completion of Modules 1,2,3, students will become qualified Paralegals, Intermediate Level and can work on client
files, under supervision of qualified solicitors.


Module 2

Intermediate Level Paralegal Diploma - Modules 1, 2 & 3 are compulsory (Level 3)

Conveyancing


1.    Buying and selling processes for properties in England and Wales.

2.    Purchasers transaction for an English Freehold, Leasehold or Commonhold property.

3.    Sellers transaction for an English Freehold, Leasehold or Commonhold property.

4.    Taking Instructions from Clients.

5.    Mortgages, Surveys.

6.    Preparing all Searches using all relevant Forms for

7.    Bankruptcy Searches, Local Authority Searches 

8.    Registration at HM Land Registry.

9.    Proofreading Conveyancing Documents.

COURSE FEE: £300.00 (inc 10% discount).


Instalments: £82.50 x 4

Full Payment: Modules 1,2,3:  £900.00 (inc 10% ddiscount)

 *    On completion of Modules 1,2,3, students will become qualified Paralegals, Intermediate Level and can work on client
files, under supervision of qualified solicitors.


Module 3

Intermediate Level Paralegal Diploma - Modules 1, 2 & 3 are compulsory (Level 3)

Criminal Litigation

1.    English Criminal Courts Structure, Jurisdiction, Personnel, Divided Profession.

2.    Criminal Law Procedures, Police Arrests, Charge, CPS.

3.    Criminal Law.

4.    Trial.

5.    Sentencing Powers of the Courts.

Civil Litigation

1.    English Civil Courts Structure, Jurisdiction & Personnel.

2.    Civil Procedures - CPR 1998.

3.    Commencing Civil Court Cases.

Matrimonial

1.    Preparing Divorce Petitions.

2.    Dealing with Statement of Arrangements for Children.

3.    Applying for Decree Absolute.

4.    Proofreading Litigation Documents.

COURSE FEE: £300.00 (inc 10% discount).

Instalments: £82.50 x 4.

Full Payment: Modules 1,2,3: £900.00 (inc 10% discount)

 *    On completion of Modules 1,2,3, students will become qualified Paralegals, Intermediate Level and can work on client
files, under supervision of qualified solicitors.


Module 4

Advance Level Paralegal Diploma - Module 4 is compulsory

Senior Paralegal Skills & Techniques

1.    Business Awareness.

2.    Client Relations.

3.    Interviewing Skills.

4.    Negotiating Skills.

5.    Professional Conduct.

6.    Legal Writing.

7.    Legal Drafting.


COURSE FEE: £450.00 (inc 10% discount).

Instalments: £99.00 x 5.

*    On completion of Module 4, students will qualify as Senior Paralegals and work accordingly.


Students can select from any Specialist Certificate Optional Modules, (modules 5-7) if they have already qualified as a Paralegal and wish to expand their practise area with another aspect of law.

On completion they will be awarded the Specialist Certificate in the subject of choice.


Specialist Certificate Courses 
Suitable for students who have qualified in law and wish to add another legal practice area.

Module 5 Paralegal Specialist Corporate Law Certificate

1.    Nature of Business: Sole Traders, Partnerships, Limited Companies, NPOs.


2.    Company Formation.


3.    Advantages and Disadvantages of various types of businesses.


4.    Responsibilities of Directors and Shareholders.


5.    Shares, Bonds, Debentures, Dividends.


6.    Tax Liability.


7.    Mergers and Acquisitions.


8.    Insolvency.


9.    Proofreading.



COURSE FEE: £350.00 (inc 10% discount).



Instalments: £96.25 x 4 

Specialist Certificate Courses 
Suitable for students who have qualified in law and wish to add another legal practice area.


Module 6 Paralegal Specialist Conveyancing Certificate:

1.    Definition of Freehold, Leasehold & Commonhold Titles.


2.    Purchasers transaction for an English Freehold, Leasehold or Commonhold property.


3.    Sellers transaction for an English Freehold, Leasehold or Commonhold property.


4.    First Interview - Taking Instructions from Clients.


5.    Mortgages, Surveys.


6.    Preparing Searches using relevant Forms for Bankruptcy Searches, Local Authority Searches et al.


7.    Registration at HM Land Registry.


8.    Proofreading.


COURSE FEE: £350.00 (inc 10% discount).


Instalments: £96.25 x 4

Specialist Certificate Courses 
Suitable for students who have qualified in law and wish to add another legal practice area.

Module 7 Paralegal Specialist Litigation Certificate:

Criminal Litigation:

1.    English Criminal Courts Structure, Jurisdiction, Personnel, Divided Profession.

2.    Criminal Law Procedures, Police Arrests, Charge, CPS.

3.    Criminal Law.

4.    Trial.

5.    Sentencing Powers of the Courts.

Civil Litigation:

1.    English Civil Courts Structure, Jurisdiction, Personnel.

2.    Civil Procedures - CPR 1998.

3.    Commencing Civil Court Cases.

Matrimonial:

1.    Preparing Divorce Petitions.

2.    Dealing with Statement of Arrangements for Children.

3.    Applying for Decree Absolute.

4.    Proofreading.

COURSE FEES: £350.00 (inc 10% discount).

Instalments: £96.25 x 4

Eligibility
Our Paralegal Courses cover Introduction to Advanced levels.

Courses are suitable for anyone with previous office experience. Previous legal experience is not necessary.

Minimum Estimated Study Time: 8 Weeks
Students have up to 2 years to complete the Module or Modules for which they have registered.
Instalments are payable every 4 weeks and must be completed prior to exams.
Course material and exam fees are included within course fees.  There is an additional Re-sit Fee of £30.00 if students need to re-sit any exam.


Exam Resit: £30.00