PACE® QUALIFICATIONS

Requirements to Sit for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE®)

To be eligible to take PACE, each candidate must meet both education and work experience requirements. In addition, the paralegal cannot have been convicted of a felony nor be under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license by any entity. Categories of eligibility include paralegals who have:

  • An Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies obtained from an institutionally-accredited and/or ABA approved Paralegal Education Program; and at least (2) years substantive paralegal experience; or
  • A Bachelor's Degree in any course of study and three (3) years of substantive paralegal experience; or
  • An associates degree in paralegal studies obtained from an institutionally-accredited school, and/or ABA approved Paralegal Education Program; and six (6) years substantive paralegal experience; or
  • An associate’s degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally-accredited school, and/or ABA approved Paralegal Education Program; and seven (7) years substantive paralegal experience; or
  • An associate’s degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally-accredited school, and/or ABA approved Paralegal Education Program; successful completion of the PCCE, and 2 consecutive renewals of the CRP credential; or
  • A member of the active duty, retired, former military, or the reserve component of any branch of the US Armed Forces, qualified in a military operation specialty with the rank of at least an E6 in a paralegal rate as a Staff Sergeant (Army and Marines), Petty Officer First Class (Navy), Technical Sergeant (Air Force), or higher as a supervisory paralegal within that branch of service and 12 hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”), including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application; or
  • Have four (4) years of substantive paralegal experience on or before December 31, 2000.