Training Paralegal Professionals

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Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies

Our Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies will give you a sound knowledge and understanding of both the English legal System and other legal areas together with the Procedural law. It is the benchmark qualification that will launch your Paralegal Career and from which you can specialise should you decide to develop your career further.

On gaining this qualification you will be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of NALP (A.NALP). This will distinguish you as being a NALP qualified paralegal.

Our Level 4 is a distance learning course, allowing you to work from home in your own time. Great for fitting around full time work or studies.

All course material is provided on enrolment. Our approach to learning includes case studies and scenerios, allowing you to apply your knowledge and preparing your practical skills to work as a paralegal. 

HOW WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE?

You will have a maximum of two years to complete the course from date of enrolment, most students graduate within 12-14 months. 

All assignments are based on the Level 4 Qualification Specification which include all learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

COURSE UNITS

English Legal System

      The Nature and Development of English Law: including the nature and functions of the Law; the concept of legal personality, outline of agency and powers of attorney; an awareness of the development of the Common Law and the Writ System; the development of Equity and its role in the law to-day and the effect of the Judicature Acts 1873-75

        Modern Day Sources of Law: including legislation both primary and delegated; Statutory interpretation,; the doctrine of Judicial Precedent; an awareness of the role of European Community Law

          Dispute Solving in English Law: including the Court System and structure, Legal Personnel (i.e. The Judiciary, Barristers, Solicitors and Paralegals), composition and jurisdiction of the Civil and Criminal Courts; the Appellate system; Tribunals; Arbitration and Mediation

          Succession

          The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the practical skills to be able to explain the procedure for winding up the Estate of a person who leaves a Will and those who do not. 

          • Wills: Taking instructions

          • Functions and scope of a will: Gifts, bequests, legacies and devises, residue

          • Appointment of Executors

          • Failure of bequests

          • Testacy and Intestacy

          • Probate & Administration - Practice and Procedure

          • Administering the Estate: Personal Representatives and their duties and powers

          • Protection against claims; distribution of the estate

          Law of Contract

          Formation of a Contract: including offer and acceptance; Intention to create legal relationships; form; legality and contracts in restraint of trade; consideration; consensus ad idem and capacity.

          Vitiating Factors: including duress, undue influence; mistake and misrepresentation.

          Terms of a Contract: including express terms with particular reference to exemption clauses; implied terms with particular reference to the sale of goods and the supply of services; conditions and warranties.

          Discharge of Contractual Obligations: including discharge by performance; discharge by Agreement; discharge by Breach and Frustration.

          Remedies for Breach: including the difference between common law and equitable remedies; damages; rescission; specific performance and injunction

          Law of Tort

          The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the practical skills to understand the rules requiring persons to have a duty of care towards other persons and to compensate others if there has been a breach of that duty of care. It will also provide awareness of which infringements constitute a tort in law and the remedies that are available for such infringements

          • The Nature and Liability in Tort: including fault based liability, strict liability, the doctrine in Ryland-v-Fletcher, vicarious liability and limitation of actions

          • Negligence: including duty and standard of care; contributory negligence; res ipsa loquitor; proof of damage and negligent mis-statement

          • Nuisance: including public nuisance, private nuisance, defences and remedies Trespass to Land: including defences and remedies and occupiers liability. An awareness of Trespass to the Person - assault, battery and false imprisonment, with their defences

          • General Defences: including volenti non fit injuria, mistake, act of God, inevitable accident, Statutory authority and Novus Actus Interviens

          Criminal Law

          The Nature of Criminal Law: including the nature of a crime

          distinction between crimes and Tor

          burden of proof

          Classification of Offences: including summary, indictable, hybrid and arrestable offences

          Elements of a Crime: including Actus Reus, Mens Rea and Strict Liability; basic intent and specific intent, express intent and implied intent

          General Defences including Automatism, mistake, insanity, duress and intoxication

          Homicide: including causation in law and causation in fact

          Murder: including its definition, malice aforethought express and implied

          Manslaughter: including voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter, recklessness, special defences to murder - diminished responsibility, provocation, suicide pact and infanticide

          Theft Robbery, Burglary, and Fraud

          Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision

              Wills: including the nature of a Will, testamentary capacity, formalities, attestation, additions and alterations, informal wills and revocation

                Legacies and Devises: including an understanding of legacies, devises, bequests, gifts, lapsing, abatement and ademption

                  Intestacy: including the rules of intestate succession

                    Family provision: including the basis of family provision, the class of claimants and factors taken into account by the Court

                    Civil Litigation

                    Understand the general jurisdiction of the County Court and the High Court

                    Be able to explain how to progress an action for a claim for a specified amount from inception to enforcement of Judgment in the High Court, County Court and the Small Claims Court

                    Criminal Practice

                        Criminal Court Structure: Preliminary Matters; Police Powers

                          Police Station Interviewing; Commencement.; Legal Aid; Bail; Summary Trial

                            Trial by Indictment: Sentencing; Assisting Counsel/Solicitor advocate at a trial

                              Sanctions: Types of sentences; philosophies of sanctions; Appeal

                              Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes

                              The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the practical skills to be able to understand what constitutes a valid marriage and a civil partnership disputes. 

                              • Preliminary considerations; Financial Provision

                              • Ownership of Property

                              • Children

                              • Divorce: Valid, void and voidable marriages / CDs; Procedure - Divorce/termination, Nullity and Judicial Separation

                              • Ancillary Relief

                              • Forms and Documentation

                              • Domestic Proceedings and Orders in the Magistrates Court; Decrees Nisi and Absolute

                              Conveyancing

                              The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with the practical skills to enable them to understand the different ways in which the legal estate in land can be held and transfered. 

                              • The First Interview

                              • The three stages of a Conveyancing Transaction; Pre-exchange of contracts; Searches and Enquiries

                              • The draft contract: Deducing Title - Registered land and Unregistered land

                              • Investigating Title: Mortgages

                              • Exchange of contracts

                              • Post contract/pre-completion: Requisitions on title; Transfer of Part, Conveyance, Assent, Searches;

                              • Obtaining funds. Preparing for completion,Completion - date time & place,

                              • Breach of contract, Notice to complete, Rescission; Completion

                              • Post completion: Leaseholds: Possessory Title

                              Assessment

                              Assignments can be requested when the learner is ready, and once requested and sent, the Learner will have a four week period in which to complete the assignment and return by the due date.

                              Tutors are on hand to answer any queries that the student may have and give unlimited help and guidance if there is anything that the student may not fully understand with regard to the material.

                              Entry Requirements

                              One of the following is required or equivalent - if unsure, please contact us  or phone 0845 862 7000
                              NALP Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Paralegal Practice; two A' Levels; an A' Level Law; BTEC National Diploma (NVQ/GNVQ Level 3 or above);
                              CILEX Level 3 Qualifications; ILSPAs Legal Secretary Diploma
                              Mature Students Welcome (over 25) without any of the above - please contact us to confirm eligibility.
                              Non UK: Equivalent Qualifications - please contact us to confirm eligibility
                              Please Note: The NALP Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies is only available in English.
                              If your first language is not English then you must be able to provide evidence that your spoken and written command of the English Language is adequate for the qualification for which you have applied. e.g. IELTS Level 6, GCSE English.

                              What's Included

                              • All course material
                              • Assignment and test marking
                              • Full tutorial support
                              • One-year NALP affiliate membership
                              • Certificate on completion

                              This course is ideal for any career changer or anyone with an interest in law who may wish to practice in their own right. It is the benchmark paralegal qualification without the cost and time factor of studying an undergraduate degree in law.

                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • English Legal System
                              • English Legal System
                              • Succession
                              • Succession
                              • Law of Contract
                              • Law of Contract
                              • Law of Tort
                              • Law of Tort
                              • Criminal Law
                              • Criminal Law
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                              • Civil Litigation
                              • Civil Litigation
                              • Criminal Practice
                              • Criminal Practice
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                              • Conveyancing
                              • Conveyancing
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £1,380
                              Deposit £360 and 6 instalments of £170 every month.
                              Part 1 of the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies covering Academic Law
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • English Legal System
                              • English Legal System
                              • Law of Contract
                              • Law of Contract
                              • Law of Tort
                              • Law of Tort
                              • Criminal Law
                              • Criminal Law
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £750
                              Deposit £250 and 5 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Part 2 of the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies covering Procedural Law
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Succession
                              • Succession
                              • Civil Litigation
                              • Civil Litigation
                              • Criminal Practice
                              • Criminal Practice
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                              • Conveyancing
                              • Conveyancing
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £750
                              Deposit £250 and 5 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single Unit Subject - English Legal System
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • English Legal System
                              • English Legal System
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Contract Law
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Law of Contract
                              • Law of Contract
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single Unit subject - Law of Tort
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Law of Tort
                              • Law of Tort
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Criminal Law
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Criminal Law
                              • Criminal Law
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single Unit Subject - Wills, Intestacy & Family Provision
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                              • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Civil Litigation
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Civil Litigation
                              • Civil Litigation
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Criminal Practice
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Criminal Practice
                              • Criminal Practice
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Matrimonial & Civil Partnerships
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                              • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single unit subject - Conveyancing
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Conveyancing
                              • Conveyancing
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
                              Single Unit Subject - Succession
                               
                              Compulsory Units:
                              • Succession
                              • Succession
                               
                              Study Type:
                              Distance Learning
                              Price Options:
                              Pay in full £475
                              Deposit £175 and 3 instalments of £100 every month.
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