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Legal Paraprofessional

Legal Paraprofessional

What is a Legal Paraprofessional (LP)?

An individual licensed pursuant to ACJA Section 7-210 to provide legal services without the supervision of an attorney in limited areas of law and scopes of practice.

Where do students obtain the required degree and coursework?

The ABA approved Paralegal Program at PCC offers the necessary degrees and courses.

Who qualifies for the license?

Students currently taking PCC’s paralegal classes and pursuing the Paralegal - AAS Degree or Paralegal - Post-Degree Certificate OR graduates with one of those degrees.

What are the educational requirements?

An associate-level degree in paralegal studies or an associate-level degree in any subject plus a certificate in paralegal studies including the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester units, or the clock hour equivalent, in legal specialization courses which must include the following:

For the family law and civil practice endorsement:

  • 3 credit hours in family law (PAR 208) and
  • 6 credit hours in civil procedures (PAR 102 and 202),
  • 3 credit hours in evidence (PAR 106),
  • 3 credit hours each of legal research and writing (PAR 103 and PAR 211)
  • 3 credit hours in professional responsibility (PAR 104)
  • a minimum of 120 hours of experiential learning under the supervision of a lawyer that includes content on advocacy in the area of endorsement (PAR 290 and UPAR111 Trial Advocacy)

For the criminal law endorsement:

  • 3 credit hours in criminal law (PAR 206 and 207),
  • 3 credit hours in evidence (PAR 106),
  • 3 credit hours each of legal research and writing (PAR 103 and 211)
  • 3 credit hours in professional responsibility (PAR 104)
  • a minimum of 120 hours of experiential learning under the supervision of a lawyer that includes content on advocacy in the area of endorsement (PAR 290 and UPAR111 Trial Advocacy)

For the administrative law endorsement:

  • 3 credit hours in administrative law (PAR 218, 219 and 220)
  • 3 credit hours in evidence (PAR 106)
  • 3 credit hours each of legal research and writing (PAR 103 and 211)
  • 3 credit hours in professional responsibility (PAR 104)
  • a minimum of 120 hours of experiential learning under the supervision of a lawyer that includes content on advocacy in the area of endorsement (PAR 290 and UPAR111 Trial Advocacy)

Note: UPAR 111 is a non credit course that is not part of the PCC Paralegal program curriculum, is not designed to prepare students to work as paralegals and is a non-legal specialty course designed for students wishing to pursue Legal Paraprofessional licensing by the Arizona Supreme court.

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