Montana Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in Montana
Montana is one of the few states that regulate the education and training an individual must possess before they can become a paralegal.
An individual may use the title “paralegal” if the individual:
- has received an associate’s degree in paralegal studies from an accredited institution or a baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies from an accredited college or university;
- has received a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university and has completed not less than 18 semester credits of course work offered by a qualified paralegal studies program;
- has received certification by the national association of legal assistants or the national federation of paralegal associations;
- has received a high school diploma or its equivalent, has performed not less than 4,800 hours of substantive legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney documented by the certification of the attorney or attorneys under whom the work was done, and has completed at least 5 hours of approved continuing legal education in the area of legal ethics and professional responsibility; or
- has graduated from an accredited law school and has not been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law by any jurisdiction.
Professional Paralegal Associations
Montana Association of Legal Assistants (MALA)
MALA is the only NALA affiliate in Montana. One of the main objectives of MALA is to provide its members with continuing education opportunities.