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The Institute of Paralegals (IOP) is an integrated professional body for paralegals within the UK. A not-for-profit organisation, they set the competency standards for paralegals and legal secretaries, issue authorized qualifications, and support, symbolize and promote paralegals. The National Association of Licensed Paralegals(NALP) was established in 1987 and is the skilled self-regulatory governing physique for accredited paralegals. Access into the career can either be with a law degree or with out. Those who are already graduates can take The Post Graduate Diploma in Paralegal Practice (PPC) (much like the LPC for solicitors).

Around four hundred paralegals, primarily individuals who had come by way of the ranks in legal firms, joined the scheme. From 2010 Scottish Qualification Authority and Stirling University supplied qualifications for individuals wishing to enter the Registered Paralegal profession. In 2017 the name of the scheme was modified to Law Society of Scotland Accredited Paralegal scheme. However, it’s only recently that paralegals have begun to be seen as more than merely assistants to qualified legal professionals. They are actually a newly emergent, and increasingly distinct, group of authorized professionals.

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