Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) is a serious issue facing paralegals, legal secretaries and others who work within the legal system, but are not lawyers.
If you think that most UPL instances involve shady characters posing as lawyers, raking in fees as they offer legal counsel to those who are ignorant, unfortunate or downtrodden, you'd be mistaken. While many UPL situations do involve people deliberately trying to offer legal advice and counsel without benefit of a law degree, other instances involve paralegals and legal professionals who unknowingly perform actions in their jobs that can be construed as "practicing law."
As a paralegal or other legal professional, it is up to you to be aware of the boundaries, legal issues and proceedings surrounding UPL. Many times the attorneys you work with are not fully aware of these "gray areas" themselves! By utilizing this training class to educate yourself on the finer points of UPL, you are protecting yourself, the firm, your clients and the attorneys you work for.
What You'll Learn
- How do you determine if someone is "practicing law"?
- What constitutes giving legal advice?
- Under what terms may a lawyer permit a paralegal to assist in the lawyer's representation of a client?
- To what degree must an attorney exercise supervision of a paralegal?
- What can paralegals do to prevent UPL?
Who Will Benefit
Paralegals, attorneys, legal document preparers, legal secretaries, court staff, corporate legal counsel and any other professionals who are employed within the legal system.