Paralegal continuing education is coursework keeping you compliant in your specialty.
Whether you work in in bankruptcy law or intellectual property, it makes sense to stay current. Laws are continually changing and being current in your field is just good business.
Your law office may offer reimbursement for your training.
Ideally you shouldn't pay for continuing legal education. After all, attorneys don't. The firm pays for them. In a small office there could be a remote possibility that you might need to pay, but that's doubtful.
Law offices, corporations and government agencies want their paralegal staff to be in compliance with the law. You will need credits to show the state bar that you are in compliance. This is true for California paralegals and you'll need to check with your state bar's association to see if it's necessary for you.
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Under the Business and Professions Code Section 6450 in California, the following applies to paralegals:
All paralegals shall be required to certify completion every two years of four hours of mandatory continuing legal education in legal ethics.
All continuing legal education courses shall meet the requirements of Section 6070.
Every two years, all paralegals shall be required to certify completion of four hours of mandatory continuing education in either general law or in a specialized area of law.
Certification of these continuing education requirements shall be made with the paralegal’s supervising attorney.
The paralegal shall be responsible for keeping a record of the paralegal’s certifications.
Continuing legal education isn’t difficult to achieve.
You can get it done.
And you've got choices! You can choose a webinar or travel to a convention center for the same information. However, webinars don't afford you the same networking benefits as attending an instructor-led course does.
Lastly, you may have attorneys in your office who teach ethics courses potentially qualifying you for credits. Find out from your supervising attorney if you can take advantage of this or not. Law firms benefit from your increased knowledge and compliance while you benefit from the training.