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NFPA provides a Comparison Chart of the paralegal regulation and certification programs currently in place; as well as whether the jurisdiction has enacted a definition of the practice of law. The document may be downloaded from NFPA using the following link: https://www.paralegals.org/files/REGULATION_CHART_10-14final.pdf
NFPA provides direction for paralegal regulation and licensure. Below are links to NFPAs models:
Additionally, the American Bar Association approved a resolution for model regulatory objections for non-attorneys. The resolution may be reviewed at the following link: ABA Model Regulatory Objectives for the Provision of Legal Services
The following chart provides a quick overview of programs currently in place over paralegals.
|Through State Bar||Through State Statue or Administrative Rules||Through Local Paralegal Association|
|Florida Registered Paralegal Program (FRP)||Arizona Legal Document Preparer (LDP) *Note - Through AZ Codes of Judicial Administration||Delaware Certified Paralegal Program (DCP)|
|Indiana Registered Paralegal Program (IRP)||California Legal Document Assistant|
Florida Certified Paralegal Program (FCP) *Note - must be NALA CP to sit for exam
|North Carolina Certified Paralegal Program||Utah Limited Paralegal Practitioner (LPP) *Note - Utah Supreme Court approves LPP (December 2015)||Certified Kentucky Paralegal Program (CKP)|
|Ohio State Bar Association Paralegal Certification Program||Louisiana Certified Paralegal Program (LCP) *Note - must be NALA CP to sit for exam|
|South Carolina Supreme Court approves Rule 429, SCACR creating voluntary certification of paralegals (to be administered by state bar)||Minnesota Certified Paralegal Program (MnCP)|
|Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Programs (TBLS)||New Jersey Certified Paralegal Program|
|Washington State Limited License Legal Technician Program (LLT)||Oregon Certified Paralegal Program (OCP)|
|Washington State Limited Practice Officer (LPO(through the state bar)||Pennsylvania Certified Paralegal Program|
|Wisconsin State Bar Board of Governors approves Voluntary Certified Paralegal credential (June 15, 2016)||Virginia Registered Paralegal (VARP)|