In May 1993, NFPA adopted a Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility ("Model Code") to delineate the principles for ethics and conduct to which every paralegal should aspire. In December 1993, NCAPA adopted this model as its code which expresses NCAPA's and NFPA's commitment to increasing the quality and efficiency of legal services and recognizes the professions' responsibilities to the public, the legal community, and colleagues.
Paralegals perform many different functions and these functions differ greatly among practice areas. In addition, each jurisdiction has its own unique legal authority and practices governing ethical conduct and professional responsibilities.
It is essential that each paralegal strive for personal and professional excellence and encourage the professional development of other paralegals as well as those entering the profession. Participation in professional associations intended to advance the quality and standards of the legal profession is of particular importance. Paralegals should possess integrity, professional skill, and dedication to the improvement to the legal system and should strive to expand the paralegal role in the delivery of legal services.