Welcome to CAPA’s website, where we strive to provide you with information relevant to the paralegal profession. As you look around this site, you will find information on the requirements for becoming a paralegal in California (set forth in Business & Professions Code section 6450 et seq.), and tools to help you in your work as a paralegal. Please keep in mind that paralegals work under the supervision of attorneys and may not give legal advice!
CAPA’s longtime goal of obtaining a statutory definition of the paralegal/legal assistant titles came to fruition in 2000 with the passage of AB 1761, now codified as California Business and Professions Code sections 6450 et seq.
B&P §6450 has been applied in California courts in cases where paralegal fees were denied or disallowed because the paralegals failed to meet the requirements of §6450.
Persons considering enrolling in paralegal courses should confirm their potential school is compliant with code requirements. Paralegals from other states who are moving to California should review the code to make sure they will be compliant.