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Utah Bar Admissions

UTAH STATE BAR Bar Operations & Admissions

Overview of Application and Admission Process

The admissions process for LPPs takes inspiration from the admissions procedure for lawyer applicants. Before applying to the program, prospective applicants must ensure they meet the admission criteria set forth in Rule 15-703 of the Rules Governing Licensed Paralegal Practitioners, which enumerates the following requirements:

  1. Education requirement-the applicant must have

    1. graduated with a First Professional Law Degree from an Approved School,

    2. graduated with an Associate's Degree in paralegal studies from an Accredited School or Accredited Program; or

    3. graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in paralegal studies from an Accredited School or Accredited Program; or

    4. graduated with a Master's Degree in legal studies or equivalent that is offered through an Approved Law School; or

    5. obtained either the Certified Paralegal (CP or CLA) credential from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); the Professional Paralegal (PP) credential from the National Association of Legal Professionals (NALS); or the Registered Paralegal (RP) credential from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

  2. Experience requirement- prior to applying, the applicant must have 1500 hours of Substantive Law-Related Experience within the last 3 years, including 500 hours of Substantive Law-Related Experience in temporary separation, divorce, parentage, cohabitant abuse, civil stalking, custody and support, and name change if the Applicant is to be licensed in that area, or 100 hours of Substantive Law-Related Experience in forcible entry and detainer or debt collection if the Applicant is t be licensed in those areas. NOTE: this requirement does not apply to candidates who have a First Professional Law Degree from an Approved School.

  3. Complete the LPP-specialized curriculum through Utah Valley University (online and self-paced), which includes:

    1. a mandatory ethics course, and

    2. 1-3 courses in the areas of practice for which the applicant seeks licensure.