Regulation in Minnesota

Minnesota does not have any mandatory paralegal regulation.

The Minnesota Paralegal Association offers a voluntary Minnesota Certified Paralegal credential to qualified candidates. This program is an opportunity for experienced paralegals to validate their experience. 

The Minnesota Certified Paralegal (MnCP) must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • The applicant has obtained an associate's degree or its equivalent in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution and has 4 years of substantive paralegal experience.
  • The applicant has obtained a baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution and has 2 years of substantive paralegal experience.
  • The applicant has received a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited educational institution, has obtained a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution, and has 2 years of substantive paralegal experience.
  • The applicant has received a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an institutionally accredited educational institution, and has 4 years of substantive paralegal experience.
  • The applicant is a PACE Registered Paralegal.
  • The applicant is a CORE Registered Paralegal or a Certified Paralegal (through the National Association of Legal Assistants) and has 4 years of substantive paralegal experience.
  • The applicant has received a high school diploma or its equivalent, has a minimum of 10 years of substantive paralegal experience, and has completed a minimum of 10 CLE credits in the two years prior to application.

The applicant has graduated from an accredited law school and has not been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law by any jurisdiction, and has a minimum of 2 year of substantive paralegal experience immediately preceding their application.

 

If you have questions on the MnCP program, please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.

Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct

Rule of Professional Conduct 5.3 Responsibility Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants can be accessed here.

 
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