The Scottish Paralegal Association

SPA Endorsement of SQA Qualifications

13 Aug

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We are delighted to announce that following input from the SPA and the Law Society to the Scottish Qualifications Authority framework for the revised HNC/HND Legal Studies and the validation of these courses to be launched in Colleges throughout Scotland in August 2007, the SPA has agreed to endorse the revised courses as appropriate qualifications for those seeking to work in a Paralegal role. Students enrolling on these courses will also be encouraged to take out Student Membership of SPA to allow them access to the facilities and support offered to SPA Members.

This is part of our ongoing campaign to have SQA validated Paralegal training on offer at Colleges throughout Scotland, with the same course content and at a level of fees affordable by all. The course content has been reviewed to make it more relevant to the practical aspects of legal work undertaken by Paralegals although, needless to say, a period of traineeship will be required once employment commences.


Following the recent endorsement by the SPA and the Law Society of the HNC/HND Legal Studies qualifications, we are now working with the SQA to put in place PDA courses to allow those current working in a legal environment the opportunity to gain a Paralegal PDA in specific legal subjects which will be recognised as a Paralegal qualification endorsed by the SPA. A pilot scheme will be put in place at several Colleges for PDAs in conveyancing and one other paralegal subject (still to be decided) to test the waters and ensure that the idea is commercially viable. The fees will be at an affordable level. If this would be of interest to you please email and advise which College and which course subject would be of interest to you in order that we can liase with the SQA to put this in place.