Regulation and Licensure (as defined by the NFPA) is the process by which a governmental or other entity authorizes general practice in the Paralegal profession and the use of the title “Paralegal.” The term Paralegal refers to an individual who meets predetermined qualifications that may include educational and experience requirements, continuing legal education, proficiency based examinations, adherence to a code of ethics, and other criteria as set forth by the regulating agency.

NFPA’s Model Plan for Voluntary Paralegal Regulation

NFPA’s Model Plan for Paralegal Licensure

In June 2014, the Minnesota Paralegal Association announced its voluntary certification program, Minnesota Certified Paralegal (MnCP) to establish a standard of competency for paralegals in Minnesota. This program is an opportunity for Minnesota paralegals to validate their qualifications and offers a credential to paralegals that meet certain education and experience requirements.

Applications for the certification program can be found on the Minnesota Paralegal Association’s website: http://www.mnparalegals.org or by contacting the Regulation Committee Chair at regulation@mnparalegals.org. Completed applications and accompanying documentation should be submitted to the Minnesota Paralegal Association by e-mail at regulation@mnparalegals.org or by mail: 2345 Rice Street, Suite 220, St. Paul, Minnesota 55113. 

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The Minnesota Paralegal Association will do its best to evaluate applications within 30 days of receipt, but note that at times of high volume, it may take longer. Credentialing will begin on September 1, 2014 and continue on the 1st of every month thereafter. Applications received by August 1, 2014, should be ready for award on September 1, 2014. 

The new Minnesota Certified Paralegals may begin using the MnCP designation on the first of the month following notification of their accepted application. For example, if you receive notification of your MnCP credential on September 10, 2014, you are eligible to use it beginning October 1, 2014. The form of the credential should be in the following format: your name, any applicable RP® or CRP™ credential, then the MnCP credential, i.e. either "Jane M. Doe, RP®, MnCP," or "Jane M. Doe, MnCP." It would be good practice to follow it up on a signature block with the full title, "Minnesota Certified Paralegal." 

New MnCP’s will receive an Acknowledgement Certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Association recognizing their achievement, and they will be recognized in the issue of Citations following their credentialing.

After becoming a MnCP, individuals wishing to maintain their credential will be required to complete and record 10 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, every two years. The CLE credits may cross over with RP®, CRP®, or other CLE requirements.  The individual will renew credentials every two years, due by the anniversary of the date they received their credential.

Any questions can be directed to the Regulation Committee by e-mailing regulation@mnparalegals.org 

 
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