West Virginia Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in West Virginia
Prospective paralegals may become a paralegal through on-the-job training opportunities or by pursuing a certificate program, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree because the State of West Virginia does not place any specific requirements on this profession.
Please note that recent attempts to pass state legislation that would have prescribed certain minimum standards for the paralegal profession failed.
Professional Paralegal Associations
Association of West Virginia Paralegals
The Association of West Virginia Paralegals (AWVP) was organized in 1982 by a group of legal assistants in the Charleston-Huntington areas. This organization was the result of a need for an organized educational and professional association for legal assistants.
Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia
Legal Assistants/Paralegals of Southern West Virginia (“LAPSWV”) is a non-profit organization established in 2004 in Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia. Today LAPSWV’s membership covers the Southern District of West Virginia, Southeastern Ohio, and Northeastern Kentucky. LAPSWV promotes high standards in the legal assistant profession, establishes networking resources for legal assistants/paralegals, and provides integrity in the legal community. LAPSWV also contributes to the community by participating in a number of charitable programs. LAPSWV strives to raise professional standards in the legal assistant/paralegal profession by providing opportunities for personal growth and development through educational experiences and the networking with other professionals