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Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP)

A paralegal works under the direction and supervision of an attorney who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which the attorney is ultimately responsible. Paralegals become qualified through education, training or work experience.

A Florida Registered Paralegal is a paralegal who has met the work experience, certification, training and education necessary to complete the requirements found in Chapter 20 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.

To registered as a Florida Registered Paralegal, the qualified applicant must submit an application along with a $145.00 check made payable to The Florida Bar.

The qualifying criteria to become a Florida Registered Paralegal include:

  • education and work experience as set forth in rule 20-3.1(a); or
  • certification and work experience as set forth in rule 20-3.1(b)

In order to qualify as paralegal work or paralegal work experience for purposes of meeting the eligibility and renewal requirements the paralegal must primarily perform paralegal work and the work must be continuous and recent. Recent paralegal work means work performed during the previous 5 years, in connection with an initial registration.

Alternatively, a person may become a Florida Registered Paralegal by obtaining one of the following certifications:

  • successful completion of the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE certification as offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations “NFPA”) and good standing with NFPA; or
  • successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal examination (CLA/CP certification as offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants “NALA”) and good standing with NALA.

After become a FRP, the paralegal must complete continuing education requirements.

The rules regulating the Florida Registered Paralegals (FRPs) can be found in Chapter 20 of the rules regulating The Florida Bar. Florida Registered Paralegals must abide by a Code of Ethics and Responsibility.

Additional Resources

Florida Registered Paralegal FRP – Visit the website of The Florida Bar to find the Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) Resource Page or download the Florida Registered Paralegal Logo. Find the rules in Chapter 20 related to the regulation of paralegals by licensed attorneys in Florida.

Florida Registered Paralegal
c/o The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2325

This article was last updated on Friday, April 19, 2019.

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