The Scottish Paralegal Association

Qualify as a Paralegal


Qualify as a Paralegal

We strongly encourage all our members to seek qualifications suitable to their area of law. The SPA, however, are not a training or educational provider and do not endorse or sponsor any one training or educational provider. We do provide links to various courses and opportunities available below. If you would like to add a link to our page, please contact

Modern Apprenticeship in Paralegal Practice

Skills for Justice and the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership have developed a framework for the Scottish Modern Apprenticeship in Paralegal Practice.

For more information please click here.

Professional Development Award in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity

West Lothian College are hoping to run the Professional Development Award in Law and Practice Relating to Adults with Incapacity in September 2012.  If you are interested please contact Daniel Evans at West Lothian College to register your interest.

Scotia Law Training

Paralegal Scots Law Diplomas of the University of Stirling, delivered by distance learning.

University of Strathclyde & CLT

The University of Strathclyde and CLT offer specialist training in 11 practice areas by distance learning – with over 6,000 past graduates, 15 years’ experience, hard copy reference manuals, experienced tutors, formal University graduation and a dedicated paralegal team. Contact Melanie Taylor on 0141 225 6706 or via for more details.

City of Glasgow College

City of Glasgow College provides full time, part time and distance learning courses in legal studies including Professional Development Awards (PDA) in Debt Recovery, Conveyancing and Executries, as well as HNC and HND Legal Studies.

For further information telephone 0141 566 6222 or click on the following links:-
Legal Services HNC/HND
Paralegal Professional Development Awards PDAs

New College Lanarkshire

New College Lanarkshire provides full time and part time courses in legal studies including HND/HNC in Legal Services and Professional Development Awards (PDA).

For further information please telephone 0300 555 80 80, check their website or e-mail

Full Course List

HND/HNC Legal Services
Paralegal Professional Development Awards PDAs

University of Highlands and Islands

University of Highlands and Islands has colleges throughout the Highlands and Islands and offers distance, online and flexible learning. For further information please check their website:- or contact:-

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Business School

New online LLB Law Degree accredited by the Law Society of Scotland.

If you have any questions about the course which are not answered on the web pages, please contact the Online LLB Course Leader, Derek P. Auchie, Senior Lecturer in Law, by:

click to view courses.

Coatbridge College

Coatbridge College offers Professional Development Awards in Debt Recovery and Conveyancing.  Flexible learning means that the PDA’s can be undertaken via optional attendance at the college and using innovative e-learning materials that allow for home study.  Learners can therefore undertake the course according to their own individual circumstances.

For further information please contact Alastair McGhee or Tracey Reid on telephone 01236 422316 or e-mail or

Perth College UHI

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Conveyancing is available entirely through interactive, online study, and helps you to become a Registered Paralegal under The Law Society of Scotland’s Registered Paralegal Scheme.
Click here for more info.

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