Directory of Paralegal State Activity

General Information about State Activity

The terms paralegal/legal assistant are used interchangeably by the American Bar Association. Employers may define the terms separately. Paralegals are not currently licensed as lawyers are in any state. The supervising attorney remains responsible for the paralegal's work product and conduct. See Rule 5.3 of the Model Rules of Professional conduct.

The California legislature enacted regulatory provisions for Paralegals but created no agency of government to oversee or enforce the provisions.

Maine, Indiana and South Dakota have defined the terms.


Paralegal State Activity
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