What Is PACE?
Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam
As 2014 winds down, there have been a few changes at the Vermont Paralegal Organization. You may know me as the VPO Treasurer, but I am pleased to announce that I am now your Paralegal Certification Ambassador. This position was held for many years by Corinne Deering, RP®, and I would like to thank Corinne for all of her hard work as the Paralegal Certification Ambassador.
I would like to take a moment to tell you about my path to becoming the VPO Paralegal Certification Ambassador. In 2007, I began working in the legal field in Chittenden County, and I graduated from Champlain College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2008. After meeting with some of the VPO board members, I made the decision to run for VPO Treasurer and have served in this position since 2011. After obtaining the required employment experience, I sat for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (“PACE®”) in October, 2012, and earned my designation as a PACE Registered Paralegal® or RP®. As the VPO's Paralegal Certification Ambassador, it is my goal to promote PACE and the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (“PCCE™”) to the membership, and to encourage any member to sit for PACE or PCCE. I will do my best to answer any questions regarding Paralegal Certification.
I encourage any of you who are thinking about taking either PACE or PCCE to reach out to me for more information. Also, feel free to review VPO website or the NFPA website for more information, or you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-863-9603. Don’t forget the VPO offers an annual scholarship of $250 to help with the costs of the exam fee or the study materials.
The Purpose of PACE
PACE presents a bold opportunity to all paralegals to advance the profession through credentialing, particularly as discussion about regulation of the profession becomes more widespread and prevalent nationwide. PACE is designed for paralegals who want to lead the way for expansion of paralegal roles for the future of the profession, not to restrict entry into the profession.
The purpose of PACE is:
To provide the groundwork for expanding paralegal roles and responsibilities;
To provide the public and legal community with a mechanism to gauge the competency of the experienced paralegal;
To be used in states considering regulation of experienced paralegals; and
To direct the future of the paralegal profession and acknowledge the vital role of paralegals within the legal service industry.