Tulsa Area Paralegal Association

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ABA's Definition of Paralegal


“A paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible."

​What Can Paralegals Do?​​

Paralegals can be delegated any task normally performed by a lawyer, as long as the lawyer supervises the work, except those proscribed by law. ​    
ABA Model Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegal Services

Certification


In 1976, NALA developed a Certification Paralegal (CP) credential for those paralegals wishing to demonstrate their standard of competence.  This credential is to certify that the successful participant possesses a well-rounded, comprehensive understanding of the legal system, legal procedures and substantive law. The CP credential establishes a national professional standard for paralegals. Earning the CP credential is a proud achievement which will assist you in advancing your paralegal career. Visit the NALA website for more information.