Are you interested in the law? Do you have a desire to help people? If so, studying for a paralegal practice apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to be part of a sector that is dedicated to protecting the Scottish public.  

The apprenticeship is for anyone who wants to work as part of Scotland’s legal system. Learn how to prepare law-related documents for different cases. Discover what it means to support attorneys and government agencies. Improve your investigative skills by researching legal principles.  

 There are a variety of jobs on offer in Scotland’s paralegal sector. Become a family paralegal and work on cases that involve pre-nuptial agreements, child care and civil partnerships. Work as a personal injury solicitor and help people who have been hurt in work-related accidents. Take on the role of a legal assistant and carry out administration duties in a busy firm. The apprenticeship is designed to give you the skills necessary to succeed in the world of law.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 7 in paralegal practice. The qualification includes:  

  • core units of aSVQ in paralegal practice at SCQF level 7 
  • a range of work experience in a progressive industry  

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Draft legal documents 
  • Provide papers for legal matters 
  • Comply with legal, organisational and regulatory requirements in the provision of legal services 
  • Store and retrieve information using a filing system  
  • Develop and manage interviews with clients  

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving  
  • Teamwork    
  • Numeracy  
  • Time management   
  • Communication   

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as administration and law.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsContinue your studies with a technical apprenticeship in paralegal practice or go into full-time work.   

Further education: Increase your legal knowledge by applying for a bachelor’s degree in law. This could lead to a higher qualification like a Masters in law.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to find a job in the paralegal industry. After completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Family paralegal 
  • Personal injury solicitor 
  • Abuse paralegal 
  • Legal assistant 
  • Paralegal assistant 
  • Civil litigation solicitor 
  • Administration assistant  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship. But it is beneficial to have an interest in the law and a desire to improve your legal awareness.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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