Click here for general information regarding state activity concerning paralegals


Locate State Activity Concerning Paralegals

Select a state from the drop-down menu or click on a state below for a summary of information and links for state activity concerning paralegals:
Select a State
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Canada Colorado Connecticut Delaware D.C. Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Canada | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Dist. of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Virgin Islands | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming

This directory is provided by the Standing Committee on Paralegals as a convenience only.

General Information about State Activity

The terms paralegal/legal assistant are used interchangeably by the American Bar Association. Employers may define the terms separately. Paralegals are not currently licensed as lawyers are in any state. The supervising attorney remains responsible for the paralegal's work product and conduct. See Rule 5.3 of the Model Rules of Professional conduct.

The California legislature enacted regulatory provisions for Paralegals but created no agency of government to oversee or enforce the provisions.

Maine, Indiana and South Dakota have defined the terms.

Sources of Certification

Certification has been a subject of considerable interest and debate for many years among paralegal associations, bar associations and some legislatures. Certification is a process by which a non-governmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that agency or association. It usually involves passing an examination drawn up by the sponsoring organization and meeting specified educational and/or experiential requirements. The American Bar Association does not certify Paralegals. Paralegals may not represent themselves as "ABA-certified paralegals," because the ABA's approval applies to the paralegal education program rather than to the individual paralegal.

Certification by Paralegal Organizations: Certification by State Bars:
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions about these web pages please .

Updated: 12/03/2012