Education Committee

The mission of the RMPA Education Committee is to engage and support our membership.  RMPA offers the necessary tools and resources through ongoing education that incorporates theories, knowledge and ethical professionalism while continually addressing the intellectual demands, emerging issues and latest developments in the legal profession.   

Continuing Legal Education (CLE's)

Our monthly membership lunches and some section meetings are approved for 1 hour CLE credits by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations(NFPA). If you would like to obtain CLE credit for your section, please complete the attached CLE Application Form and submit it to Dianne Carns at nfpaprimary@rockymtnparalegal.org.

Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals

The Colorado Bar Association has posted new and updated Guidelines for the Utilization of Paralegals. These Guidelines can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Paralegal Certification by State Bars    

 

Choosing a Certification by Paralegal Organization:

NFPA offers two certifications - PCCE and PACE.  The PCCE is a certification for paralegals with zero to six years experience in the legal field.  The PACE is a certification for paralegals with six or more years of experience.

There are other certifications offered by other associations, click here to view a comparison chart.

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  PACE Registered Paralegal® Listing  Paralegal Core Competency Exam Listing

 

For more information on where to get study guides for these exams, please visit NFPA's website www.paralegals.org and the American Institute for Paralegal Studies www.aips.com.

Choosing a Paralegal Program

"The ABA Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs require a certain number of courses/credits to be taken in the traditional "on ground" format. There are no "all online" ABA approved paralegal education programs. A program must offer and the student must take a certain number of courses/credits on ground. Many programs offer individual courses by alternative delivery, but you need to check with the program directly to determine whether it meets your requirements. A student may not obtain any credential from an ABA approved paralegal education program without having attended on ground courses nor can an approved paralegal education program offer an all online program." Stated from the American Bar Association.

"The American Bar Association does not certify Paralegals. Paralegals may not represent themselves as "ABA-certified paralegals," because the ABA's approval applies to the paralegal education program rather than to the individual paralegal."

Click here for a list of ABA approved paralegal education programs.*

*If a program is not listed, it is not an ABA approved paralegal education program.

ABA Approved- Colorado

Arapahoe Community College 

Community College of Aurora 

NON-ABA Approved- Colorado

Community College of Denver

Pikes Peak Community College

Everest College (Thornton)

Everest College (Colorado Springs)

University of Northern Colorado

The Center for Legal Studies

Institute of Business and Medical Careers

Front Range Community College

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION IS IN NO WAY ENDORSING ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL OR PROGRAM.  THIS IS A LIST OF SCHOOLS FOR YOUR INFORMATION ONLY.

If you would like to join the education committee, please email president@rockymtnparalegal.org