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Rule 15-701. Definitions.

As usedin this article:

(a) ?ABA? means the American Bar Association.

(b) ?Accredited Program? means a course of instruction in paralegalstudies from a program officially recognized as meeting the standards andrequirements of a regional or national accrediting organization that isapproved by the U.S. Department of Education, or a paralegal school orparalegal studies program that has been fully or provisionally approved by theABA Standing Committee on Paralegals.

(c) ?Accredited School? means a school officially recognized as meetingthe standards and requirements of a regional or national accreditingorganization that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

(d) ?Applicant? means each person requesting licensure as a LicensedParalegal Practitioner.

(e) ?Approved Law School? means a law school which is fully orprovisionally approved by the ABA pursuant to its Standards and Rules ofProcedure for Approval of Law Schools. To qualify as approved, the law schoolmust have been fully or provisionally approved at the time of the Applicant?sgraduation, or at the time of the Applicant?senrollment, provided the Applicant graduated within a typical andreasonable time.

(f) ?Associate Degree? means an undergraduate academic degree conferredby a college upon completion of the curriculum required for an associatedegree.

(g) ?Bachelor?s Degree? means an academic degree conferred bya college or university upon completion of the undergraduate curriculum.

(h) ?Bar? means the Utah State Bar, including its employees, committeesand the Board.

(i) ?Board? means the Board of Bar Commissioners.

(j) ?Complete Application? means an application that includes all feesand necessary application forms, along with any required supporting documentation,character references, a criminal background check, a photo, an officialcertificate of graduation and if applicable, a test accommodation request withsupporting medical documentation.

(k) ?Confidential Information? is defined in Rule 15-720(a).

(l) ?Disbarred Lawyer? means an individual who was once a licensedlawyer and is no longer permitted to practice law.

(m) ?Executive Director? means the executive director of the Utah StateBar or? designee.

(n) ?First Professional Degree? means a degree that prepares the holderfor admission to the practice of law (e.g. juris doctorate) byemphasizing competency skills along with theory and analysis. An advanced,focused, or honorary degree in law is not recognized as a FirstProfessional Degree (e.g. master of laws or doctor of laws).

(o) ?Full-time? means providing legal services as a paralegal for nofewer than 80 hours per month.

(p) ?General Counsel? means the General Counsel of the Utah State Baror? designee.

(q) ?Licensed Paralegal Practitioner? means a person licensed by theUtah Supreme Court to provide limited legal representation in the areasof (1) temporary separation, divorce, parentage, cohabitant abuse, civilstalking, and custody and support; (2) forcible entry and detainer and unlawfuldetainer; or (3) debt collection matters in which the dollar amount in issuedoes not exceed the statutory limit for small claims cases.

(r) ?LPP? means Licensed Paralegal Practitioner.

(s) ?LPP Administrator? means the Bar employee in charge of LPPlicensure or? designee.

(t) ?LPP Admissions Committee? means those Utah State Bar members orothers appointed by the Board or president of the Bar who are charged withrecommending standards and procedures for licensure of LPPs, withimplementation of this article, reviewing requests for test accommodations, andassessing the qualifications of applicants.

(u) ?NALA? means the National Association of Legal Assistants.

(v) ?NALS? means The Association for Legal Professionals.

(w) ?NFPA? means the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

(x) ?National Certification? means Certified Paralegal (CP or CLA)credential from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA); theProfessional Paralegal (PP) credential from the National Association of LegalProfessionals (NALS); or the Registered Paralegal (RP) credential from theNational Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

(y) ?OPC? means the Office of Professional Conduct.

(z) ?Paralegal? means a person qualified through education, training, orwork experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office,governmental agency, or the entity in the capacity or function which involvesthe performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney,of specifically delegated substantive legal work, which work, for the mostpart, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that absent suchassistance, the attorney would perform.

(aa) ?Paralegal Certificate? means verification that an individual hassuccessfully completed a paralegal studies program from an AccreditedProgram that includes at least 15 credit hours of paralegal studies. Thecertificate must be offered, taught, and granted by an Accredited Program.

(bb) ?Paralegal Studies? and ?ParalegalStudies Degree? mean course work that prepares a holder to work as aparalegal.

(cc) ?Privileged Information? in this article includes: informationsubject to the attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, test materialsand applications of examinees; correspondence and written decisions of theBoard and LPP Admissions Committee, and the identity of individualsparticipating in the drafting, reviewing, grading and scoring of the LPPLicensure Examination.

(dd) ?Reapplication for Licensure? means that for two years after thefiling of an original application, an Applicant may reapply by completing aReapplication for Licensure form updating any information that has changedsince the prior application was filed and submitting a new criminal backgroundcheck.

(ee) ?Substantive Law-Related Experience? means the provision of legalservices as a Paralegal, paralegal student or law student including, but notlimited to, drafting pleadings, legal documents or correspondence, completingforms, preparing reports or charts, legal research, and interviewing clients orwitnesses. Substantive Law-Related Experience does not include routine clericalor administrative duties. Substantive Law-Related Experience for licensure inlandlord-tenant and debt collection includes, but is not limited to, theprovision of legal services as a Paralegal supervised by a licensed attorney,paralegal student or law student in the areas of bankruptcy, real estate,mortgage and/or banking law.

(ff) ?Supreme Court? means the Utah Supreme Court.

(gg) ?Unapproved Law School? means a law school that is not fully orprovisionally approved by the ABA.

(hh) ?Updated Application? means that anApplicant is required to amend and update the Applicant?s application on anongoing basis and correct any information that has changed since theapplication was filed.

EffectiveDecember 15, 2020