When you start on the path to becoming a paralegal, you’ll likely hear the term “UPL” (unauthorized practice of law) in your Intro to Paralegal Studies class. You’ll also hear about it in your paralegal ethics course, law office management course, and practically every single legal course that you take. Yes, it really is that important. It’s so important that it is something you should at least partially understand before you start school. In this post, you’re going to learn about what defines the unauthorized practice of law for paralegals and how to protect yourself against it.
Regardless of which paralegal degree program you choose, you can expect plenty of reading ahead of you. While some books are required reading for many courses, other books are just good reading (including one fiction book). The reference and text books were gathered from current paralegal course syllabi from across the nation. Other books were recommended reading by other paralegals through their blogs.