San Francisco Paralegal Association

Paralegals are governed by California Business and Professions Code sections 6450 et al.

CA Codes (bpc6450-6456).htm


A "paralegal" is defined as a professional "qualified by education, training, or work experience...who performs substantial legal work under the direction and supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California or an attorney practicing law in the federal courts of this state." (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code ยง 6450.)


Here is a short summary of the provisions of California Business and Professions Code sections 6450 et al.:


California Business and Professions Code section 6450

Defines a "paralegal" in the state of California; prohibits paralegals from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law; establishes educational and professional requirements for paralegals; and mandates continuing legal education.

California Business and Professions Code section 6451
Prohibits paralegals from performing legal services without direct supervision unless permitted by case law, court rule, or federal or state administrative regulations, rules, and/or statutes.

California Business and Professions Code section 6452

Mandates compliance with California Business & Professions Code sections 6450 et al. to advertise.


California Business and Professions Code section 6453

Reiterates standard of attorney-client privilege and confidentiality for paralegals.


California Business and Professions Code section 6454

Lists synonymous terms for "paralegal."


California Business and Professions Code section 6455

Provides legal remedies for violations of California Business & Professions Code sections 6450 et al.


California Business and Professions Code section 6456

Exempts employees of the State of California from California Business & Professions Code sections 6450 et al.

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