Minnesota does not have any mandatory paralegal regulation.
The Minnesota Paralegal Association offers a voluntary Minnesota Certified Paralegal credential to qualified candidates. This program is an opportunity for experienced paralegals to validate their experience.
If you have questions on the MnCP program, please visit our “Frequently Asked Questions” page.
Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct
Rule of Professional Conduct 5.3 Responsibility Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants can be accessed here.
In June 2014, the Minnesota Paralegal Association announced its voluntary certification program, Minnesota Certified Paralegal (MnCP) to establish a standard of competency for paralegals in Minnesota. This program is an opportunity for Minnesota paralegals to validate their qualifications and offers a credential to paralegals that meet certain education and experience requirements.
Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. The Minnesota Paralegal Association will do its best to evaluate applications within 30 days of receipt, but note that at times of high volume, it may take longer. Credentialing will begin on September 1, 2014 and continue on the 1st of every month thereafter. Applications received by August 1, 2014, should be ready for award on September 1, 2014.
The new Minnesota Certified Paralegals may begin using the MnCP designation on the first of the month following notification of their accepted application. For example, if you receive notification of your MnCP credential on September 10, 2014, you are eligible to use it beginning October 1, 2014. The form of the credential should be in the following format: your name, any applicable RP® or CRP™ credential, then the MnCP credential, i.e. either "Jane M. Doe, RP®, MnCP," or "Jane M. Doe, MnCP." It would be good practice to follow it up on a signature block with the full title, "Minnesota Certified Paralegal."
New MnCP’s will receive an Acknowledgement Certificate from the Minnesota Paralegal Association recognizing their achievement, and they will be recognized in the issue of Citations following their credentialing.
After becoming a MnCP, individuals wishing to maintain their credential will be required to complete and record 10 CLE credits, including 1 ethics credit, every two years. The CLE credits may cross over with RP®, CRP®, or other CLE requirements. The individual will renew credentials every two years, due by the anniversary of the date they received their credential.
Any questions can be directed to the Regulation Committee by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaints about a member or Minnesota Certified Paralegal should be submitted in writing to the Director of Positions & Issues (email@example.com), or in their absence, the President (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include as much detail as possible, including the factual basis for the complaint and any evidence of the alleged conduct.
The Minnesota Certified Paralegal (MnCP) must meet one of the following qualifications:
APPLICATION AND PAYMENT
Paralegals meeting one of the above criteria can find an application here. If you pay through our online system, please attach a copy of the confirmation of payment to your application.
Minnesota Certified Paralegals (MnCPs) must renew their credential on the second anniversary of their application approval date. MnCPs will receive notifications via email when their renewal date is approaching.
It is strongly recommended that the renewal process is started early to ensure plenty of time before the renewal date expires, and to allow time for questions about sufficiency of CLE certificates.