Average Salary

  • $47,644

Certificate Required

  • None

Becoming A Paralegal in Florida

Florida ranks third in the nation for the highest employment levels for paralegals with just under 20,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 report. Although no certificate is legally required to work as a paralegal in Florida, it is rare for employers  to higher candidates who have not passed the Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam.

Florida legislators have revisted the idea of regulating parameters in order for oneself to classify themselves as a paralegal several times in recent years. Currently the Florida Bar sets these requirements in order for a person to be qualified as a paralegal:

A paralegal is a person with education, training, or work experience who works under the direction and supervision of a member of The Florida Bar and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a member of The Florida Bar is responsible.

Paralegals must be directly supervised by an attorney, an attorney must assume legal responsibility for the professional actions of paralegal employees and paralegals are not allowed to give legal advice to clients. Although the state of Florida has not yet set educational requirements for people to work as a paralegal, proper education or work experience is typically required from potential employers. Currently there are three different education certificates able to be obtained: Certified Paralegal (CP), Florida Certified Paralegal (FCP) and Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP).