The Indiana Registered Paralegal (IRP) status is a voluntary paralegal registration program adopted by the Indiana State Bar Association.
For paralegals who aspire to a higher goal, the Indiana Registered Paralegal status will both recognize and convey a person’s commitment to competence with the emphasis on professional education and minimum standards for the profession. An applicant seeking the ISBA’s Indiana Registered Paralegal status must meet certain education or credential criteria. Upon approval, the paralegal will become an Indiana Registered Paralegal and identify said status with the initials “IRP” following his or her name.
If you are seeking the State Bar's Indiana Registered Paralegal status (requirements for IRP status listed below), please contact the CLE Department for further instructions, email@example.com.
The following are requirements for the IRP status:
1. Currently employed as a Paralegal: Paralegals are those persons, regardless of job title or classification, who are employed by a lawyer, law office, government agency or other entity in Indiana and working under the direction of an attorney in a capacity that involves the performance of substantive legal work that usually requires knowledge of legal concepts, and who perform those duties at least 70 percent of the time. Substantive legal work is defined as work for which an attorney is ultimately responsible, and absent such paralegal, the attorney would perform the task.
2. One of the following:
- Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate credit in law or paralegal studies from an institutionally accredited paralegal program;
- Bachelor’s Degree and a Paralegal Certificate from an institutionally accredited paralegal program;
- Bachelor’s Degree from an institutionally accredited program plus at least 2 years of paralegal experience;
- Associate’s Degree in paralegal studies from an institutionally accredited paralegal program plus at least 2 years of paralegal experience;
- Certification in paralegal studies from an institutionally accredited paralegal program plus at least 2 years of paralegal experience;
- Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE) (as offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations) and is in good standing;
- Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) (as offered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations) and is in good standing;
- Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) certification (as offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants) and is in good standing.
To maintain the IRP status, there is a CLE requirement consisting of 18 hours of substantive CLE, 3 hours of which is an Ethics Component, over a 3-year period. A minimum of 6 hours of CLE, of which 1 hour must be an Ethics Component, is required per year. An annual renewal fee of $50 is also required.
Please contact the CLE Department at 800.266.2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost associated with becoming an Indiana Registered Paralegal?
The cost is $125 to become an Indiana Registered Paralegal, plus an annual renewal fee of $50.
Note: This is in addition to your annual ISBA dues payment.
How do I apply to become an Indiana Registered Paralegal?
If you qualify for the ISBA’s Indiana Registered Paralegal status, you can apply when renewing your dues online. If you've already renewed your dues, please contact the CLE Department, email@example.com.
If I am not a "registered paralegal," can I still call myself a paralegal?
Yes, if you are otherwise qualified under prevailing Indiana law. The IRP program is a voluntary registration program.
What is the time frame for counting my CLE hours, and what CLE courses count toward my certification?
The CLE must be taken between July 1 and June 30 immediately prior to the July 1 reporting date. It is anticipated that registered paralegals will take CLE courses that have been approved for attorneys. CLE taken in the three (3) years prior to the application date will count toward the initial registration, and approved CLE courses in subsequent years will count toward the renewal registration.
Are there requirements for maintaining the Indiana Registered Paralegal status?
To maintain the IRP status, there is a CLE requirement consisting of eighteen (18) hours of substantive CLE, three (3) hours of which is Ethics, over a three (3) year period. A minimum of six (6) hours of CLE, of which one (1) hour must be Ethics, is required per year. An annual renewal fee of $50 is also required. Note: This is in addition to your annual ISBA dues payment.
How do I get notified that I have been approved for IRP status so I can begin displaying the initials after my name?
Once your IRP status has been approved, you will be notified by the ISBA CLE department.
The Indiana State Bar Association is pleased to recognize the following members for becoming an Indiana Registered Paralegal through the Association's voluntary program.
2019-2020 Indiana Registered Paralegal Members
Julie A. Corbin
Audra M. Koontz
Tammy R. Morgan
Beth Paddack Watts