State bar of wisconsin
certified paralegal (SBWCP)
In 2018, the State Bar of Wisconsin launched a voluntary certification program for paralegals. In the following three years, nearly 300 paralegals have received the SBWCP designation.
*CHANGE TO RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS*
The total number of continuing legal education (CLE) credits required has increased from 12 to 15 (including 3 ethics and professional responsibility (EPR) credits). Certifications up for renewal on July 1, 2024, will require 15 CLE credits (included 3 ethics credits) by that date. Please see the Recertification Process page for additional information. (Posted 8/17/2023.)
To maintain the SBWCP certification, paralegals must obtain 15 continuing legal education (CLE) credits, including 3 credits of Ethics and Professional Responsibility (EPR) every biennium ending June 30. The webinars provided by the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin qualify as CLE for SBWCP renewal purposes. Also, the Paralegal Association of Wisconsin, Inc.'s Annual Seminar provides 6 CLE (including 1 EPR) credits.
To become a State Bar of Wisconsin Certified Paralegal, all paralegal applicants must:
The complete Rules Governing Certification can be found here.Find the Application for SBWCP here.
Applicants must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a qualified paralegal studies program at one of the above institutions or any other institution:
If your educational program lacked the necessary Wisconsin-based content, you may meet the educational requirements for certification by earning at least 21 CLE credits in Wisconsin law topics (seven of these credits must be in Wisconsin litigation practice) from one of the following institutions:
Paralegals seeking the SBWCP designation under the experience track must satisfy these criteria: