Kansas Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in Kansas
Although Kansas does not regulate the education or training of paralegals in their state, the Kansas Bar Association has defined a qualified paralegal as one who possesses or meets one of the following requirements:
- Successfully completed an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal program
- Successfully completed a paralegal studies program at an accredited learning institution
- Passed one of the national certification exams proffered by a national paralegal association
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree AND one year of in-house paralegal training
- Five years of work experience in a legal setting under the supervision of an attorney and one year of in-house paralegal training
Professional Paralegal Associations
Heartland Association of Legal Assistants (HALA)
The Heartland Association of Legal Assistants (“HALA”) is a not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession by promoting the benefits of effective and increased utilization of paralegals within the legal community. Its membership is comprised of paralegals, paralegal educators and students, and institutions supporting the organization’s goals and purposes. HALA promotes high ethical standards for its membership and supports a voluntary national certification to identify paralegals who have demonstrated a high degree of competency in the profession, as well as providing continuing legal education for its members. HALA is dedicated to providing a network of professional support to paralegals throughout the legal community.
Kansas Association of Legal Assistants (KALA)
KALA is the professional association for Kansas legal assistants. Formed in 1981 and affiliated with the National Association for Legal Assistants, Inc., KALA endorses recognition of a system of professional credentials for legal assistants through certification, legal education, and/or specialized training.
Kansas Paralegal Association (KPA)
The Kansas Paralegal Association, Inc. (KPA) is a nonprofit, professional organization comprised of three districts in the State of Kansas. KPA affirms the paralegal profession as an independent, self-directed profession in affiliation with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA) and maintains working relationships with state and local bar associations.