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The demand for legal services and aid is higher than ever. Professionals with the education and experience, and who have met the testing requirements may serve as a Licensed Paralegal Practitioner (“LPP”) in one or more areas, including Family Law, Landlord / Tenant Law, and/or Debt Collection Law. All LPP candidates must also pass the Ethical Rules for LPPs exam.
The LPP program provides coursework in Utah statutes, rules, and other laws governing each of the areas above. It includes the substantive law, forms, and procedures utilized by LPPs in assisting people. The Ethics course covers topics such as the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client funds, professionalism, and the disciplinary process.
Exams are offered by the Utah State Bar and all requirements must be complete prior to practicing law.
|The Debt Collection Law for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners course focuses on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) including the protections for consumers and requirements on creditors. Issues covered include the purpose of the FDCPA and the types of debts covered; debt collection practices prohibited by the FDCP; unfair debt collection practices. The course will emphasize substantive law, forms, and procedures approved for Limited License Paralegals practicing in Utah. Ideally, students will take this course shortly after completing 1500 hours as a paralegal (with 100 focused on debt collection law) and shortly before taking the licensing exam.
The course is required for anyone planning to take the LPP Debt Collection Law Licensing Exam offered by the Utah State Bar. For all the requirements to become a Licensed Paralegal Practitioner, please see Rule 15-703 of the Utah Rules of Professional Responsibility for LPP's. For more detailed information about becoming a licensed paralegal practitioner visit the Utah State Bar website.
|This is an online, self-paced course housed on Canvas. You will have 18 weeks to complete the course material. The debt collection course is designed for paralegals that want to hang their own shingle to help consumers in a debt collection case. The course is designed to walk the paralegal through legal principles and law in the area of debt collection. Paralegals that take the course will be reminded of the law and become familiar with the forms they will use to assist debtors with their legal issues.
| Module 1 :: Debt Collection Law
- Introduction to Debt Collection Law
- Debt Collection Law
- Fair Debt Collection Practices act
| Module 2 :: Debt Collection Forms
- Debt Collection Forms
- Utah Rules of Civil Procedure
- The Summons
- The Complaint
- Motion to Set Aside Judgment
- Motion to Stay Enforcement of Judgment
- Satisfaction of Judgment
Jacob Kent graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2011. He started his legal career representing victims of domestic violence with protective orders, divorce, and custody actions. Jacob joined Utah Legal Services in 2014 as a staff attorney. He currently works in its housing and consumer units. He represents tenants in housing authority administrative proceedings. He also represents tenants in state eviction proceedings, including tenants that live in federally subsidized properties, section 42 properties, and mobile homes. Jacob is currently a member of the Utah State Bar, Utah Court Committee on Resources for Self-represented Parties, and Adjunct Faculty Member of Utah Valley University.