South Carolina Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in South Carolina
South Carolina does not mandate a certain amount of training or education before aspiring paralegals can enter the profession. Those interested in becoming paralegals can seek employment that provides on-the-job training or earn a certificate or degree in paralegal studies prior to beginning a career as a paralegal.
Professional Paralegal Associations
Palmetto Paralegal Association
The Palmetto Paralegal Association (PPA), formerly known as the Columbia Legal Assistant Association, was established in 1988 to promote professional development through continuing legal education and to enhance the recognition of the paralegal profession within the legal community.
South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association (SCUPA)
The South Carolina Upstate Paralegal Association (SCUPA) was formed January 9, 1979 in Greenville, South Carolina in order to promote the paralegal profession and to provide a forum for continuing legal education for paralegals in upstate South Carolina. SCUPA is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants and a member of the South Carolina Alliance of Legal Assistant Associations. While the primary focus of the organization is on education and professional development of its members, SCUPA also participates in a wide variety of civic and philanthropic endeavors in an effort to improve the upstate community.