District of Columbia Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in the District of Columbia
Similar to the majority of states and jurisdictions in the United States, Washington, D.C. does not place any education or certification requirements on those seeking to become a paralegal. Prospective paralegals may become a paralegal through on-the-job training opportunities or by pursuing a certificate program, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.
Professional Paralegal Associations
National Capital Area Paralegal Association (NCAPA)
The National Capital Area Paralegal Association (NCAPA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization composed of paralegals interested in furthering their professional development, and we are dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession. NCAPA was formed in 1974 by paralegals living or working in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in response to the growing need for an organized professional association for paralegals.