Requirements to Sit for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE®)

To be eligible to take PACE, each candidate must meet both education and work experience requirements. In addition, the paralegal cannot have been convicted of a felony nor be under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license by any entity. Categories of eligibility include paralegals who have:

  • An Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies obtained from an institutionally-accredited and/or ABA approved Paralegal Education Program; and six (6) years substantive paralegal experience; or
  • A Bachelor's Degree in any course of study and three (3) years of substantive paralegal experience; or
  • A Bachelor's Degree and completion of a paralegal program with an institutionally-accredited school - said paralegal program may be embodied in a Bachelor's Degree - and two (2) years substantive paralegal experience; or
  • Have four (4) years of substantive paralegal experience on or before December 31, 2000; or
  • Are an active duty, retired, or former military personnel qualified in a military operation specialty as a paralegal and 1.0 hour of Ethics CLE within the year preceding the exam application.