Welcome to the online home of Michiana Paralegal Association! Michiana is a region in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, including the counties of Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke in Indiana, and Berrien and Cass in Michigan. Whether you are a member, prospective member or simply an information seeker, I want your experience here to be enriching. Please take the time to discover what Michiana Paralegal Association has to offer.
2012 Dinner Meetings
Mark your calendars now for this year's dinner meetings:
September 11, 2012, Jade Garden, Elkhart
November 13, 2012, McCarthy's, Elkhart
For more information, visit the NFPA website: www.paralegals.org
Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE)
The Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) is offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA®) to test the competency level of experienced paralegals.
Offering experienced paralegals an option to:
- validate your experience and job skills;
- establish credentials; and
- increase your value to your organization and clients.
PACE is offered to paralegals who have a minimum of two years' experience and meet specific educational requirements. PACE is designed for professional paralegals who want to pioneer the expansion of paralegal roles for the future of the profession, not to restrict entry into the profession.
Requirements for a paralegal to take either tier of PACE include work experience and education. The paralegal cannot have been convicted of a felony nor be under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license by any entity. PACE has generated a great deal of interest since the resolution to develop it was passed. Based on this interest, and the number of paralegals who may apply to take the exam (a number reported by the U.S. Department of Labor to exceed 113,000), a need exists for global grandparenting.
- An associates degree in paralegal studies obtained from an institutionally accredited school, and/or ABA approved paralegal education program; and six (6) years substantive paralegal experience; OR
- A bachelor's degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally accredited school and three (3) years of substantive paralegal experience; OR
- A bachelor's degree and completion of a paralegal program with an institutionally accredited school, said paralegal program may be embodied in a bachelor's degree; and two (2) years substantive paralegal experience; OR
- Four (4) years substantive paralegal experience on or before December 31, 2000.
Each tier addresses different areas. Tier I addresses general legal issues and ethics. As the need arises, a section for state-specific laws may also be developed. Tier II addresses specialty sections and is under development.
Paralegals will have the option to sit for the exam at more than 200 Sylvan Technology Centers. As activities and proposals for regulation of the profession increase, all paralegals will be encouraged to take the exam.
To maintain the PACE RP® credential, paralegals are required to obtain 12 hours of continuing legal education, including at least one hour in ethics, every two years.
For more information or, if you are interest in joining the local study group, please contact Wanda Miedema.
Paralegal. A 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, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.
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