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 - IOP

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.


Right Legal Group

Right Legal Group is an innovative ABS established in 2014 solely specialising in Wills and Probate law. RLG has created an exclusive service called RightWill which delivers excellence in both legal advice and client care. Recognised for its forward thinking and commercial approach, RLG collaborates with law firms across the country to provide its unique service offering. At the heart of the business is its legal training academy which has trained in excess of 150 private client advisors since its launch and is fast becoming the ‘go-to’ academy for anyone passionate about a career in private client law.

Qualifications approval documents

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Guidance Notes

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Approval Fee Structure

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