SCUPA / Local News
Greenville Technical College will be offering a review class to prepare for the NALA certification exam required for national certification as well as S.C. certification.
Below are instructions for practicing paralegals interested in taking the Paralegal Certification Review class to apply to the college and register for the class. The review class will be offered this summer as a hybrid (part on-campus and most on-line) class. The class begins May 21st and will meet 5 times over the course of the summer (every other Tuesday morning from 10:30-12:45) beginning June 5th. In the fall it will be a hybrid class meeting on-campus once per month on Mondays evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning August 20th.
The NALA certification test is in a new format and will be offered in two parts. The first part is the Knowledge test which is a multiple choice test over a wide variety of legal areas. If you pass the Knowledge test, you will be eligible to take the Skills test. The Skills test is a written memo that measures writing skills and legal analysis skills. Here is a link for more information about the test format. The Knowledge Exam will be administered on-demand, year-round at testing centers with preliminary result reporting upon completion. (We tentatively plan to offer free proctoring of the exam on campus at GTC in September, January, and June). The Skills Exam will be administered during four testing windows each year: February, April, July, and October (we tentatively plan to offer free proctoring of the Skills test in February, July, and October).
As a “non-degree-seeking” student, you would apply (http://gvltec.edu/apply/ ) to the college as a “career development” student, which would allow you to register for only the LEG 270 Paralegal Certification Review class. Career Development students can take classes as long as the prerequisite is verified. All we require is an unofficial transcript, and the admissions requirement is application and legal presence form. Also, career development students are required to complete the online orientation. Here is a screen shot that Non-Degree-Seeking students see once online orientation is complete:
Once you receive acceptance from the college and completion of the online orientation (screen shot above), please contact Vickie Maxwell (Vickie.Maxwell@gvltec.edu) or Camille Chapman (Camille.Chapman@gvltec.edu) and request registration in the LEG 270 Paralegal Certification Review class.
SCUPA has booked the 23rd Annual Educational Seminar for Legal Professionals on October 26, 2018 at the KROC Center. Stay tunes for more details!
SCUPA hosted its 22nd Annual Educational Seminar for Legal Professionals on October 13, 2017. Stay tuned for more information regarding the 23rd Annual Educational Seminar coming in October 2018!
SCUPA is excited to announce its monthly luncheons will continue to be hosted at City Range Greenville through 2018. We will also be hosting regionalized luncheons in Anderson and Spartanburg. Stay tuned to SCUPA's website and facebook page for updated information!
SC SUPREME COURT PASSES RULE 429 TO SCACR CREATING BOARD OF PARALEGAL CERTIFICATION
After years of initiative from so many individuals, the South Carolina Supreme Court has passed Rule 429, creating the South Carolina Board of Paralegal Certification.
The full Order can be read here. In short, to qualify for the voluntary program, applicants who wish to obtain the South Carolina Certified Paralegal designation must:
(1) pay an annual fee of $50.00; and
(2) be designated as a CLA, CP or RP, in good standing at the time of application.
The certification year will run from July 1 to June 30, and each certified paralegal must complete twelve (12) Certified Paralegal Education (CPE) hours of approved continuing education each year. SCUPA would like to note that the CPE hours (and the 10 NALA-required CLE hours for CPs/CLAs) can be easily met by attending SCUPA’s annual 1-day seminar and education luncheons.
This historical news was also spotlighted on the national news site, examiner.com, on November 12, 2015. Read the full story and the powerful impact this has on the profession here:
This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available! Check back often!
NALA Annual Convention
2018 NALA Convention & Expo will be held in St. Louis, MO in July.
Visit the NALA website for details: www.nala.org
Certified Paralegal Information; NCCA Accreditation
A detailed list of specifications for the Certified Paralegal examination may be found on the NALA web site under "Certification/Certified Paralegal Exam Description" as well as a more detailed statement of these modifications.
Click this link for more information regarding NCCA accreditation: NCCA_Accred.pdf
Please contact NALA Headquarters if you have any questions.
National Association of Legal Assistants
7666 E. 61st Street, Suite 315
Tulsa, OK 74133
NALA provides continuing legal education courses, recordings, self-study, Advanced Paralegal Certification Programs and more.
Visit http://nala.org/cle-guide.aspx for more information about moving your career forward.
If you need more information about becoming a certified paralegal, please visit the NALA website at http://nala.org/certification.aspx