North Dakota Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in North Dakota
North Dakota does not regulate the education or work experience of paralegals, but they do offer education guidelines:
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or a post-baccalaureate program in paralegal studies from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved institution or one with similar standards
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field with one year of lawyer-supervised on-the-job training
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field and eighteen semester credit hours of substantive legal coursework
- Becoming a nationally certified legal assistant/paralegal through a professional organization that requires continuing legal education in order to maintain certification status
- Seven years of on-the-job training and paralegal work experience under the supervision of a lawyer
Professional Paralegal Associations
Red River Valley Paralegal Association (RRVPA)
RRVPA is a professional association dedicated to fostering the utilization, networking, development and education of paralegals throughout Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota. Our members are practicing paralegals, paralegal students and legal educators/administrators. Our association consists of two regions – the North Region, based in Grand Forks, ND, and the South Region, based in Fargo, ND.
Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA)
The Western Dakota Association of Legal Assistants (WDALA) is a non-profit corporation formed in western North Dakota in 1984. As an association of legal assistants, WDALA’s primary goals are continuing education and recognition in the legal field.