Paralegal Licensing Proposal
Below is a short video on the proposed Licensed Paralegal (LP) program. (Ver video en español)
Inviting Your Input - Paralegal Licensing Questionnaire
Licensed Paralegal Program in Development
The Oregon Supreme Court is considering licensing paralegals to provide some legal services that currently only lawyers may provide. Similar to the introduction of Nurse Practitioners to the medical field, licensed paralegals would be allowed to provide limited legal services only in family law cases (divorces, custody, parenting time, etc.), and landlord/tenant cases. These are two of the areas of law with the greatest unmet need for legal assistance in Oregon.
Licensed paralegals would have specific requirements for education and experience, and would be subject to many of the same rules and regulatory requirements that currently apply to lawyers. The intent is to provide access to legal help for those who currently cannot afford a lawyer or who otherwise might go to court with no legal assistance. The Court will be making a decision on this proposal later this year.
We have received input and comment from hundreds of Oregonians (both lawyers and public). This input has improved the proposal, and we thank those who contributed, and invite your continued engagement.
Inviting Input into new rules for a Licensed Paralegal (LP) program
The Oregon State Bar has drafted proposed rules to support the program, should it move forward. The Bar invites your substantive input – by 5:00 pm June 6, 2022 – into these rules as drafted. Following are the draft rules, and further background on the proposal.
Please share your substantive comments by June 6, 2022 to firstname.lastname@example.org.