CPD FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What constitutes CPD and when did Paralegal CPD begin?
2. What happens if I begin part way through the CPD year?
3. What about distance learning and on-line courses?
4. What if I am outside England or Wales?
5. What do you mean by ´legal research´?

Answers

1. What constitutes CPD and when did Paralegal CPD begin?

Our Paralegal CPD Programme began on 1st October 2005.

The Programme has been designed to be as flexible as possible to take into account the many calls on members´ time and pockets. Therefore CPD points can be accumulated by:

Attending accredited CPD courses

Presenting at law courses

Undertaking in-house training

Documented legal research and/or legal writing

Studying a legal course

Undertaking any other activities that clearly assist with your development as a legal professional

To count as CPD all activities should be evidenced or have some element of verification in addition to your own CPD recording. This is easy with courses but can be more difficult with in-house training or other in-work or less formal activities. In-house training and devlopment should be verified by being recorded as such in accordance with your organisation's normal proecedures e.g. being entered on your in-house training record. Other activities should be recorded or signed off by a supervisor or other suitable verifier.

Although attendance at accredited CP courses is no longer mandatory, we still recommend this as one of the best ways to accrue your points.

2. What happens if I begin part way through the CPD year?

The requirement for that year is reduced pro rata e.g. if you join us during March then you will have to get 7 CPD points for that year (one for each remaining month).

3. What about distance learning and on-line courses?

These are treated the same as face-to-face courses.

4. What if I am outside England or Wales?

The same rules apply.  Please speak to us if you need any clarification.

5. What do you mean by ´legal research´?

Research which is of use beyond any particular case you are working on, and which results in the creation of a precedent, practice note, other form of written guidance, or substantial written submissions on any public consultation document relevant to legal practice or made available to others.


 

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