The state bar board unanimously approved the creation of a voluntary certification program for Wisconsin paralegals that will be administered by the State Bar's Continuing Legal Education Committee, with assistance from the Professional Development Department.
The program will require paralegals seeking State Bar certification to successfully complete an approved paralegal studies program with Wisconsin-specific substantive content and skills training, complete 10 hours of continuing paralegal education every two years, and demonstrate good character. State Bar-certified paralegals, required to work under attorney supervision, would be subject to ethical rules and obligations.
Other state bars certify paralegals, including Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas, which allows them to actively shape how paralegals are regulated, Bullon noted.
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