The School of Health and Enterprise launched a new Foundation Degree in Paralegal Practice at a prestigious event at the House of Commons.
The degree, designed by Newcastle College in response to demand from employers for a benchmark qualification for paralegal staff, has been developed in conjunction with the National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP). It is the only qualification of its kind to receive endorsement from NALP and includes their Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies.
The event, hosted in Parliament’s historic Jubilee Room, attracted leading figures from the legal world, including Chair of the Bar Council, Maura McGowan QC, Simon Thornton-Wood, Head of Education and Training at the Bar Standards Board, and Senior Partners from National and International law firms.
Guest speakers at the event were, Sarah Thwaites, Deputy CEO of the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership, (FLSP) and Lord Timothy Clement-Jones CBE, Liberal Democrat Peer and managing partner of global law firm DLA Piper.
Sarah Thwaites said, “The FSLP very much welcomes initiatives such as this new degree that expand routes available to young people to come into the legal services world and supports the needs of employers.”
Lord Timothy Clement-Jones said, “This new degree is a fantastic confidence builder for young paralegals. Well trained and well qualified paralegals can only be of benefit to the legal profession. The more we can expand and open the routes into the profession, the better.”