THE PARALEGAL PROGRAM and LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSITANT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Paralegals are employed by an attorney, law firm, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity; and work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney within the scope of that employment. The IPSL’s Paralegal Program was established to provide affordable, vocational training for those students seeking entry into the legal field as legal assistants, and to meet the demand for qualified legal personnel who are able to effectively assist within the governmental, corporate, and legal communities.
Legal Document Assistant Certification Program:
Unlike paralegals, Legal Document Assistants (LDAs) are authorized by law to provide legal document preparation services to consumers, after complying with the registration and bonding requirements. The LDA Program is under the oversight of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs. On September 30, 1998 Governor Pete Wilson signed California State Senate Bill SB1418, regulating the legal document preparation profession in the State of California, and creating a new formal title, Legal Document Assistant. Legal Document Assistants are not lawyers and do not offer legal advice, discuss legal strategies, answer questions of a legal nature, select forms for the consumer, or appear in court on the consumer’s behalf. They are professionals, qualified through education, training or work experience, authorized to assist consumers representing themselves in legal matters by preparing and processing the necessary legal documents.
IPSL is authorized to grant LDA certificates upon complete of the entire program. And our instructors are attorneys and paralegals working in the field daily. IPSL’s intensive LDA program is four month program. LDA certificate program covers Family Law, Bankruptcy Law, Immigration Law, Eviction Law, Business Law, and Small Claim filing.