Course details


24 months

Lecture/workshop days - dates/times

80% is on-the-job learning. The remaining 20% is through 'blended learning' - a combination of face-to-face and online teaching. Face-to-face sessions are usually delivered in blocks and we can be flexible, arranging them to fit around the workplace.

Course description

The Paralegal Apprenticeship will provide legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be carried out, but are not exclusive to this role include:

You will learn through 80% on-the-job training and 20% off-the-job learning. Some of the areas we cover include:

If successful, you will gain this recognised professional qualification: CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services.


Structure, certificates and assessment

The 20% ‘off the job’ training is for the delivery of CILEx accredited modules, where you study towards the CILEx examinations. Within the ‘off the job’ training, the apprentice will also be uploading Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSB) evidence to an e-portfolio. The apprentice will also complete the 80% on-the-job learning, and this can also be used as KSB evidence that can be uploaded on the e-portfolio.

On completion of the EPA, the apprentice achieves the following:

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice. Completing this standard should also provide certain exemptions for the Solicitor Apprentice standard and the Chartered Legal Executive standard.

You will have the opportunity to choose a specific pathway, for example, family law or conveyancing.  There are a number of pathways available. 


Entry requirements

Employment requirements

You will need to be at least 16 years old and be employed.  Your employer will approach the University about putting you forward for the apprenticeship. 

You must be in paid employment of at least 30 hours per week and your employer must be prepared to cover the costs of the apprenticeship.

Academic requirements

Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications or other criteria. Our recommendation of entry requirements is below:

Fees and funding

The fees will be paid by the employer.

More information for employers

The cost of this apprenticeship will normally be in line with the funding band £8,000, but we are happy to consider individual agreements, depending on student numbers and your involvement.

How to apply

You will need to apply through your employer. However, you can find out more from us - please see below for contact information.

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