MnCP Frequently Asked Questions


What does “institutionally accredited” mean?

A college or university may be regionally or nationally accredited. The MnCP program accepts applications from both regionally and nationally accredited schools. You can see if your school is accredited and what the accreditation agency is by visiting:  Another resource for university and college accreditation standards can be found by visiting:


What if I don’t have my PACE registration number?

That is fine.  If you do not have your number, we will check your status with the NFPA. You can leave the field blank.


What if I do not have an attorney to complete the “Employer Attestation” form?

If you are in a situation where you cannot have an attorney complete the Attorney Attestation page, please submit some other evidence of your previously employment, such as a letter or documents from your personnel file. If you cannot obtain documentation of your substantive experience, please provide an affidavit outlining your duties while employed (download an example here). We will verify your employment by contacting the employer(s) listed on your application. Please try to provide the documentation. Applications without attorney or employer verification will be approved or denied on a case-by-case basis by the Regulation Committee.

I obtained a Paralegal Certificate, but do not have a baccalaureate degree, do I qualify?

If you don’t qualify under the provision for ten years of experience, please submit your application and include your certificate information. We are aware that there are some paralegal certificate programs that are equivalent to an associate’s degree, but grant a certificate rather than a degree. The Regulation Committee will review these applications on a case-by-case basis, and grant approval or deny the application based upon the substance of the certificate program and the applicant’s other education and experience.

How much does it cost?

The application fee is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. MnCPs must renew their credential every two years, and the renewal fee is $30 for members and $60 for non-members.

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