Overview

Paralegal Internship

A great role for someone who wants their first step in legal training whilst gaining case management skills. This internship delivers paralegal competence in a legal practice area (which one will depend on the employer’s selection). It can lead on to further training to become a Professional Legal Executive at the end of the internship.

In order to apply you will need to:

have a minimum of three Cs at A-level, or
be a paralegal or working in administration or customer service, or
have already completed an intermediate apprenticeship such as the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Legal Administration and have completed written exams at AS/A Level or have 5 GCSE grades A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths.

Please note that employers may have additional requirements. Visit our vacancies page for current opportunities and specific entry requirements.

At a glance

Level: 3

Duration: 24–30 months

Cost: None to the apprentice

Salary: Yes, at least apprenticeship national minimum wage

Qualification: the NCL Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

Progression upon successful completion: NCL Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice (with exemptions) or Professional Legal Executive Apprenticeship

Equivalences

NCL qualifications at DETC/QCF Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

Qualification structure

The Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practices qualification consists of 3 mandatory units plus 2 optional unit for a combined total of 30 credits, 300 Total Qualification Hours, DETC and 180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Area of Study

What you will Study?

You will be immersed in law from the start – honing your skills in a legal environment and embarking on your academic studies.

 

Throughout both your technical and competence studies you will receive tutoring, feedback and support from our regionally based team of assessors who are all qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.

Technical (academic) Studies

 

You will gain the NCL Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice as part of your apprenticeship. The first unit will be “Introduction to Law and Practice” tested by multiple-choice exam. After this, you will complete your assessed assignments in client care and legal research skills. Finally, you will undertake the “synoptic end-point assessment”. Do not worry about the title! It comprises of two supervised written assessments at the end of your apprenticeship by both multiple choice questions and longer scenario-based questions. These test your legal and practice knowledge gained in the area within which you have worked.

These studies are undertaken as part of your apprenticeship and in office hours. They are delivered with lots of support and you have access to help by telephone and online. There will be assignments and face-to-face teaching, our fabulous Student Area materials and online studies and tasks.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in the final months of your apprenticeship to ensure that you have met all standards. Newcastle Law School will carry out a final assessment which will test all the requirements of the apprenticeship standard and lead to a graded result. There will be two parts to the assessment – the portfolio and scenarios.

  • The portfolio: evidence gathered during the apprenticeship to demonstrate knowledge and competence gained will be compiled and signed off in the final four months of the apprenticeship.
  • Scenarios: you will sit two 1.5-hour contextualised scenario assessments under supervision. The first scenario will test your problem solving through a series of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The questions will test knowledge of the English Legal System, and the chosen area of law and practice. The second scenario will test your drafting skills. The test will include MCQs, short-answer questions and drafting exercises. The scenarios will include sufficient coverage (75%) of the relevant NCL law and practice unit specifications to obtain an exemption from the corresponding NCL units.

To prepare for the knowledge element of the end-point assessment, you will do open-book study exercises during the course of the programme, with marking and feedback provided by our tutors.

On the competence element, our delivery team will assess the development of competence throughout the programme and will identify relevant evidence for inclusion in the synoptic end-point portfolio.

All Newcastle Law School assessors are qualified lawyers and/or legal education experts.

What sort of work will I do?

You will:

  • Contribute to a positive and enthusiastic team environment
  • Work with experienced colleagues to build and process client files
  • Confidentially preparing and word-processing documents and spreadsheets
  • Communicating effectively and confidentially with clients and client data
  • Accurately recording and filing information
  • Using the telephone effectively and professionally in contacting clients and colleagues
  • Quickly and effectively dealing with correspondence

Your day-to-day tasks might include:

  • Working with fee earners, including contact with clients and others involved in the transactions
  • Making and receiving telephone calls so as to provide updates of information to relevant parties as required
  • Preparing and processing correspondence and documents through word processing
  • Assisting with the preparation and collation of correspondence and property reports
  • Ensuring that an effective filing system is maintained
  • Assisting in the dispatch of outgoing correspondence and enclosures
  • Ensuring the confidentiality and security of the firm’s and client documentation and information

Certificate Level 3 in Paralegal Internship

A great role for someone who wants their first step in legal training whilst gaining case management skills. This apprenticeship delivers paralegal competence in a legal practice area (which one will depend on the employer’s selection). It can lead on to further training to become a Professional Legal Executive at the end of the apprenticeship.

 

You will gain the NCL Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice as part of your internship. The first unit will be “Introduction to Law and Practice” tested by multiple-choice exam. After this, you will complete your assessed assignments in client care and legal research skills. Finally, you will undertake the “synoptic end-point assessment”. Do not worry about the title! It comprises of two supervised written assessments at the end of your internship by both multiple choice questions and longer scenario-based questions. These test your legal and practice knowledge gained in the area within which you have worked.

These studies are undertaken as part of your internship and in office hours. They are delivered with lots of support and you have access to help by telephone and online. There will be assignments and face-to-face teaching, our fabulous Student Area materials and online studies and tasks.

 

Technical (academic) Studies

You will gain the NCL Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice as part of your internship. The first unit will be “Introduction to Law and Practice” tested by multiple-choice exam. After this, you will complete your assessed assignments in client care and legal research skills. Finally, you will undertake the “synoptic end-point assessment”. Do not worry about the title! It comprises of two supervised written assessments at the end of your apprenticeship by both multiple choice questions and longer scenario-based questions. These test your legal and practice knowledge gained in the area within which you have worked.

These studies are undertaken as part of your internship and in office hours. They are delivered with lots of support and you have access to help by telephone and online. There will be webinars, some face-to-face teaching, our fabulous Student Area materials and online studies and tasks.

 

Competence Assessments

These are undertaken by building a portfolio of your work throughout the apprenticeship which evidences the skills you have developed and the work you have been doing.

The qualification is designed to be delivered over 3 months for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by Newcastle. The qualifications are criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. The judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at

The Paralegal Apprenticeship contributes to the NCL Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and to the Professional Legal Executive qualification. Those completing a Paralegal Apprenticeship can also move on to a Professional Legal Executive Apprenticeship.

The chart below provides an overview of the progression path to qualify as a Professional Legal Executive.

Getting started

As with any job, the first step in obtaining an apprenticeship is to apply for an available role. Alternatively, you can approach your chosen organisation, or current employer, and ask whether they might be interested in taking you on as an apprentice. Please direct them to Newcastle Law School for further information or before starting as they’ll need to complete some administrative formalities.

Membership and Examination

NLC courses prepare you for the exams for the units that make up the qualifications. Exams are set by the Newcastle Law School. You will need to become a member of NCL and pay membership fees. Exam fees are also payable. Please refer to How our NCL courses work or individual course pages to find out more.

Application checklist

  • Our entry routes include graduate entry and standalone Find the right course to match your needs.
  •  Check which qualifications you need.
  • Could you benefit from recognition and accreditation of prior learning?

Are there any special requirements (such as registering at a local teaching institution)?

How to apply

Once you are ready to apply, follow the steps below.

  1. Complete the online application form

Apply for a course through its dedicated course page. You can also apply to study our modules individually in many cases.

  1. Submit the application form

Remember to attach any available documents we need and if applicable pay any application fee. We won’t be able to process your application fully until we have received everything we need. However, you can still apply whilst you gather outstanding documentation. We will then write to you requesting this evidence.

To apply for your prior learning to be accredited, please complete the relevant section on the application form.

  1. Await our response

We acknowledge your application by email within 24 hours. This includes a student reference number in case you need to contact us about your application. From then, we aim to respond within five working days.

  1. Register online and pay course fees

You have until the registration deadline to accept an offer and pay your initial fees. We send you your study materials as soon as they become available.