mpa's code of ethics


Paralegal is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, government agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.  It is not the intent of MPA to exclude any member of the legal profession whose job duties fit the definition of paralegal but whose job title is something other than "paralegal".  Additionally, the term "substantive" shall mean work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communications of relevant facts and legal concepts.



Canon 1.

A paralegal shall achieve and maintain a high level of competence through continuing education and other means of professional development.


Canon 2.

A paralegal shall maintain a high level of personal and professional integrity.


Canon 3.

A paralegal shall maintain high standards of professional conduct.


Canon 4.

A paralegal shall strive to serve the public interests and to improve the legal system through the provision of quality legal services in a lawyer supervised setting.


Canon 5.

A paralegal shall preserve all confidential information as defined in Rule 1.6 Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct.  


Canon 6.

A paralegal's title shall be fully and clearly disclosed.


Canon 7.

A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law.


Canon 8.



Canon 9.


Canon 10.    

A paralegal shall avoid conflicts of interest and shall disclose any possible conflict to the paralegal’s employer or prospective employers.


A paralegal shall maintain a professional demeanor at all times.


A paralegal should aspire to provide pro bono or community service work. 



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