NALA: The Paralegal Association (“NALA”) adopted the following definition in 1986:
A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training or work experience, employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity, and performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which the lawyer is responsible.
The American Bar Association (“ABA”) adopted the following definition in 1997:
Legal assistants, also known as paralegals, are a distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, legal assistants have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law, which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.
Tasks that may be performed by a paralegal include (but are not limited to):
As a paralegal you are prohibited from:
If there is a question about what you can and cannot do as a paralegal it is best to consult with your supervising attorney for more direction.
There are numerous schools in Nebraska that offer paralegal studies programs. For more information about these schools please visit the respective website.
* Central Community College (located in Grand Island)
* College of St. Mary (ABA approved)
* Doane College (located in Crete, Lincoln and Grand Island)
* Kaplan University (offered online and campuses in Lincoln and Omaha)
* Metropolitan Community College (ABA Approved)
No, in order to be considered a certified paralegal you must successfully pass the CP exam that is administered by NALA throughout the year. For the most current information on the CP exam administered by NALA please go to their website at www.nala.org.
For lunch, seminar and other event information we would direct you to our current event calendar. This is going to have the most current events taking place not only for NePA but also NALA upcoming events.
No, the two associations are different. However it is beneficial to join both associations, as the information that can be gathered from both is extraordinary.