A paralegal is a legal assistant working in a law firm or within the legal environment more generally (for instance in banks, fiduciary services companies and the insurance sector). There is a huge employment demand for such workers on the island. The National Association of Licensed Paralegals in the UK provides our courses, all of which are fully recognized and supported by the Cyprus Paralegal Association.

There are three stages of paralegal training:

 

STAGE 1
Level 2 Award in Cyprus Paralegal Studies
An introductory qualification giving a taste of legal studies and offering foundational legal knowledge and skills to commence your career as a paralegal.
STAGE 2
Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice
An intermediate paralegal qualification, giving the student a broader legal training with options to specialise in either corporate law or litigation law.
STAGE 3
Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies OR Level 4 Cert HE Law
An advanced qualification finalising the student's paralegal training OR commencing the student on a law degree route of training.

Each of these stages of training can be undertaken part time, through evening classes.

Stage 1 - Level 2 Award in Cyprus Paralegal Studies

The course aims to give an introduction to law and the basic key skills required to work as a paralegal. The student may complete a Basic Award or an Integrated Award

Title of Qualification: Level 2 Award in Cyprus Paralegal Studies
Accrediting Body: National Association of Licensed Paralegals, UK
Length of Study: Basic Award: 3 months
Integrated Award: 9 months
Hours: 1 evening class of 2.5 hours per week
Course Content:
Basic Award:
Module 1 – The Legal Environment of Cyprus;
Module 2 – Cyprus Legal Skills.

Integrated Award:
Part 1 – English Language for Law;
Part 2 – Legal Training (2 modules: The Legal Environment of Cyprus and Legal Skills as per Basic Award);
Part 3 – Word Processing Skills for Law.
Language of Instruction: English
Assessment: By test and written coursework
Ongoing Career Progression: Successful completion of the course will assist the student in finding an employed position in a law firm and will enable the student to progress on to the Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice
Membership: This award allows students to become Student Members of the Cyprus Paralegal Association. For more information regarding membership please visit: www.cyprusparalegalassociation.com
Job Opportunities: The Private Institute of Law offers students CV writing and career advice services (see here), with an emphasis on finding Level 2 students a career placement/work experience with prominent law firms in Cyprus.
Start Dates:
Basic Award: October, January and April each year
Integrated Award: October each year
Applications throughout the year
Request an application form here

Stage 2 - Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice

The course gives the student an intermediate understanding of paralegal studies. Students have the option of taking a litigation route or a corporate route. This allows the student to specialize in the particular area of practice that interests them the most.

Title of Qualification: Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice
Accrediting Body: National Association of Licensed Paralegals, UK
Length of Study: 10 months
Hours: 1 evening class of 3 hours per week
Course Content:
Four Core Modules:
The Legal Environment
Legal Ethics and Responsibilities
Commercial Law
Civil Litigation

Plus One Optional Module:
Corporate Route:
Corporate Law for Paralegals in Cyprus

Litigation Route:
Civil and Criminal Litigation for Paralegals in Cyprus
Language of Instruction: English
Assessment: By coursework
Ongoing Career Progression: Successful completion of the course will help the student working as a paralegal in Cyprus to understand his/her role and the work s/he is undertaking. Successful completion will enable the student to progress on to the Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies
Entry: Students must have completed the Level 2 Award in Cyprus Paralegal Studies
Membership: Completion of the Level 3 in Paralegal Studies along with 6 months work experience as a paralegal with allow the student to register with the Cyprus Paralegal Association as a Trainee Advocates Clerk (paralegal). For more information please visit: www.cyprusparalegalassociation.com
Start Dates: September each year
Applications from May
Request an application form here

Stage 3 - Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies

The course gives the student an advanced paralegal studies qualification. Students may alternatively choose to enter an LLB level study at this stage in order to commence training as a fully-fledged lawyer. Find out more information here.

Title of Qualification: Level 4 Diploma in Paralegal Studies
Accrediting Body: National Association of Licensed Paralegals, UK
Length of Study: 2 years of study part time
Hours: 2 evening classes of 3 hours per week
Course Content:
Two Core Modules:

General Principles of Law:
  • The English Legal System
  • The Law of Contract
  • The Law of Tort
  • Criminal Law
  • Wills, Intestacy and Family Provision

Procedural Law:
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Practice
  • Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Disputes
  • Conveyancing
  • Succession
Language of Instruction: English
Assessment: By coursework
Ongoing Career Progression: Successful completion of the course will assist the student in demonstrating a developed understanding of the law.
Entry: Students must have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Paralegal Practice – corporate or litigation route.
Membership: Completion of the Level 4 diploma + 6 months work experience in a law firm will allow the student to register with the Cyprus Paralegal Association as a Licensed Advocates Clerk. For more information please visit www.cyprusparalegalassociation.com
Start Dates: September each year
Applications from May
Request an application form here

Contact Us

For more information about any of our courses or for details of enrolment please contact us:

Address: 6A and 6B Nikkou Pattichi Street, Limassol, Cyprus 

Telephone: (+357) 99144656 
Facebook: Private Institute of Law

Email: info@privateinstitutelaw.com
Website: www.privateinstituteoflaw.com

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