Education and Training Network

The IoP’s Educational and Training Network (ETN) enables training providers, universities and colleges  to be recognised as having qualifications or training Approved by the IoP.These courses are for the legal sector and are available for use by legal secretaries, paralegals, legal assistants, solicitors and trainee solicitors and law students. Paralegal qualifications enable you to progress your career in legal departments, law firms, local authorities, businesses or as a career paralegal as a sole trader or within a paralegal law firm. No matter what your area of law contact us to find out more about paralegal careers.


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The following organisations are members of the ETN:

Central Law Training

Central Law Training is the leading provider of specialist paralegal training, pioneering the concept over 20 years ago.

We can help you become a recognised legal professional your clients can confidently trust to provide a high level of service in the legal sector. Flexible distance learning in your chosen area of law enables you to gain a graduate level subject specific Specialist Paralegal Qualification that fits around your work and family commitments.

Over 9000 paralegals have already qualified with us. Fast track your career with graduate level study and no entry requirements. Boost your career in a maximum of 18 months with a career focussed programme of study that gives you skills you can immediately apply to your current role. Many complete the course in as little as 6 to 9 months.

Our Specialist Paralegal Qualification is flexible and cost-effective. We provide all course materials, assignments and a final exam.

For further details on how to take a positive step forward in your career and increase your fee earning potential please visit our website:

Universidad de Málaga

The University at the Malaga University has been teaching a comprehensive English Law university extension course at 4 levels since 2010 and today we are pleased to announce that the Institute of Paralegals has formally approved this course for the award of a Diploma in English Law Studies (D.ELS) to its successful students.

Successful students are law students who have passed all 4 Levels of the ELS course and graduated in Civil Law at an IoP approved University or obtained an equivalent academic training from an IoP approved higher education body. The D.ELS is the first step for a European lawyer to obtain the IoP status of “Approved English Law Advisor” (A.ELA) and registration at Tier3/ 4 on the Professional Paralegal Register to be able to apply for an English Law Paralegal Practising Certificate. Licensed Paralegals in the UK are those holding a Paralegal Practising Certificate granted by  the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR).

Academy of Tertiary Studies (ATS)

Academy of Tertiary Studies (ATS) offers a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. This programme has been developed to provide paralegals, persons who are employed in organizations or those seeking to enter the work place with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform paralegal services in a professional manner.

The course is approved by the Institute of Paralegals and all students who are registered with ATS will become registered members of the Institute of Paralegals in the UK and have access to all materials on their website.

The course is designed to be studied in a flexible manner, to suit the needs of today’s working student. At the end of each module, students are given written assignments designed to measure the students understanding of the topic and ability to apply principles of law covered during the sessions to situations. There will also be a practical evaluation conducted during the course.

Paralegal College: Paralegal Training Courses: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced

All of Paralegal College's courses have received approval from the IoP. At the Paralegal College, the focus is on helping paralegals and law apprentices to become 'legally useful' in as short a time as possible. Dr John Olsson, barrister, founder of Paralegal College has used over twenty years of academic and practical experience of the law, including as a law graduate and lecturer in the law, and on the Bar Professional Training Course, to bring courses to paralegals which are directed towards understanding how the law works in practice.

The aim is to help the student engage with the practical aspects of the law quickly and efficiently. We study five modules: Foundations of Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, and Civil Procedure and Litigation. In addition to assignments and an examination, the student has an opportunity to produce their own Work Portfolio which will demonstrate to an employer their areas of expertise.

We offer the Level 3 course: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, and the Level 4 course: Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

Please visit for more information. Our courses are approved by the Institute of Paralegals.

West Herts College: Paralegal Apprenticeship and LLB Extended Degree (Initial Year) Law to individuals who want to pursue a career in law

  Paralegal – Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (Standard)

This is an ideal programme for anyone providing legal support whilst working under supervision. Typical activities that may be undertaken include:

  • Managing data/records
  • Reviewing documents
  • Drafting and producing legal documents and standard forms
  • Assisting with the inception, progress and completion of client files
  • Carrying out research
  • Handling confidential and sensitive information
  • Understand and utilise basic financial information
  • Communicating (written and oral) with internal and external clients

Participants must be employed in legal support to ensure that they have the necessary foundations on which to further build their knowledge, experience and skills. As part of this apprenticeship candidates will complete a Level 3 CILEx Diploma in Providing Legal Services.

On successful completion of this programme apprentices may progress to the Chartered Legal Executive apprenticeship and the Solicitor apprenticeship.

LLB Extended Degree (Initial Year) Law

This law degree offers expert tutorial support which will develop your knowledge and understanding to equip you for a career in law and law related subjects, such as the civil service, local government, research, teaching, politics and public services.

The Law extended degree programme will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Law at degree level. Build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and gain the subject specific knowledge essential for success. Employability skills are embedded within the core curriculum which aim to enhance the marketability of graduates alongside their academic development.

This degree is year 0 of a full Law degree, upon completion you will be ready to progress to year 1 of full Law degree at the University of Hertfordshire.

During your study you will cover a range of practical and theory skills to prepare you for the transition into an exciting career including:

  • Constitutional law
  • Principles of the English Legal System
  • Criminal Law
  • Advocacy
  • Contract Law
  • Law of Torts
  • Legal Drafting
  • Human Rights

Both these courses are approved by the Institute of Paralegals and all students who are registered with us will become registered members of the Institute of Paralegals and have access to all materials on their website.

Please email West Herts College for further details on these programmes [email protected] or visit our website


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