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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 course work 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.
|Explore the ethical standards for LPP's with a focus on the ethical rules for LPP's as well as actual problems you will confront in your practice. Topics include the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client funds and professionalism. The disciplinary process will also be addressed. Ideally, students will take this course shortly after completing 1500 hours as a paralegal and shortly before taking the licensing exam. 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. This course is not a prep course for the LPP Ethics Licensing Exam offered by the Utah State Bar.
|This course is required for anyone planning to practice as a Licensed Paralegal Practitioner (LPP) in Utah and must be completed before taking the LPP Ethics 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. This course explores the ethical standards for Licensed Paralegal Practitioner (LPP's). The focus will be on the ethical rules for LPP's as well as actual problems that LPP's will confront in their practice. Topics include the unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, client funds, and professionalism. The disciplinary process will also be addressed. Ideally, students will take this course shortly after completing 1500 hours as a paralegal and shortly before taking the licensing exam.
| Module 1 :: Rules Governing Licensed Paralegal Practitioners
- Introduction to Ethics for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners
- Unauthorized Practice of Law
- Standards of Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Professionalism and Civility
- Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
- Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Discipline and Disability
- Standards for imposing Paralegal Practitioner Sanctions
- IOLPPTA Accounts
- Resolution of Fee Disputes
| Module 2 :: Licensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct
- Client-LPP Relationship Terminology
- Client-LPP Relationship
- Transactions with Persons Other than Clients
- Firms and Associations
- Public Service
- Information About Legal Services
- Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
Sharee Laidlaw teaches the Ethics for Licensed Paralegal Practitioners at Utah Valley University. In addition, she teaches Legal Ethics in the master’s in legal studies program at the S.J. Quinney School of Law at the University of Utah. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990 and the Utah State Bar in 1994. Sharee clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena California and worked for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office before entering private law practice. Sharee has worked mainly in the areas of domestic law, private adoptions, probate, and estate planning in law firms and as a sole practitioner. After an 18-year career in the law, Sharee discovered her true calling when she began teaching in the Salt Lake Community College, Legal Studies program in 1997. Sharee served on two committees for the creation of the Licensed Paralegal Practitioner program through the Utah Supreme Court and Sharee believes that besides being a parent, teaching is the most important and rewarding job she has ever had. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from California State University-Los Angeles and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1989.