The recertification process is as important to the certification procedure as the examination itself with how quickly work requirements and legal practices can change within the field. To maintain a successful career as a paralegal, and a credential relevant to employers and consumers of paralegal services, participation in CLE programs is required.
The Certified Paralegal credential is valid for a period of five years. Certified Paralegals may renew their certification upon submission of proof of participation in 50 clock hours of continuing legal education (CLE) programs, including a minimum of five hours of legal ethics, which provide instruction of a substantive nature on various practice areas of law, rules of procedure, or skills that are relevant to the work of paralegals; and a signed affidavit that the Certified Paralegal has not been convicted of a felony during the five year period, along with the recertification fee.
Lifetime certification is not available due to the continual change in laws and procedures. These directly impact the work performed by paralegals which makes continuing legal education an essential part of the certification process.
Certified Paralegals are required to meet certain continuing legal education requirements to maintain the certification. This section describes the CLE requirements and provides links to important forms and information related to the ongoing requirements. In addition, this section includes the disciplinary procedures for complaints filed against Certified Paralegals.