Oklahoma Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in Oklahoma
Oklahoma paralegals are not required to meet any laws or standards pertaining to education or training. In 2000, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association adopted Minimum Qualification Standards for Legal Assistants/Paralegals. The OBA encourages its attorneys to hire paralegals that meet the following standards:
- Successful completion of the National Association of Legal Assistant’s Certified Legal Assistant Examination Exam (“CLA”) or the National Federation of Paralegal Association’s Paralegal Advanced Competency (“PACE”)
- Graduation from an ABA-approved paralegal studies program
- A high school diploma or equivalent and completion of a paralegal studies program that is accredited and which is similar in rigor to the current ABA approval guidelines
- A baccalaureate or associate degree in any field from an accredited institution and either two years of full-time substantive work experience or coursework in paralegal studies equivalent in semester hours to an ABA approved paralegal studies program
- A high school diploma or its equivalent, and graduation from an accredited school for paralegals that requires at least 60 semester hours of study including the current ABA required amount in legal specialty courses, and either two years of substantive full-time work experience or the completion of a bachelor’s or associate degree
- A high school diploma or its equivalent, plus five or more years of substantive work experience
Professional Paralegal Associations
Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants (COALA)
The Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants was formed to provide a forum of communication, support, assistance and continuing education for Legal Assistants, as well as to establish standards and guidelines for proper and effective utilization of Legal Assistants by members of the Bar to provide a higher quality of legal services at a lower cost to the client.
Oklahoma Paralegal Association (OPA)
The Oklahoma Paralegal Association was formed in October, 1985, with the purpose of providing a forum for legal education and professional growth for legal assistants throughout the State of Oklahoma and in furtherance of the delivery of quality legal services.
Tulsa Area Paralegal Association (TAPA)
The Tulsa Area Paralegal Association (TAPA) was formed in June 1982 for the purpose of providing a forum for legal education and professional growth for Tulsa and surrounding area paralegals and in furtherance of the delivery of quality legal services.
TAPA is striving to further define its position in the legal community by offering its members education, ethical guidelines, local law-related news, social contact, networking and an opportunity for professional growth.