Is there a difference between having a certificate in paralegal studies and being a Delaware Certified Paralegal? YES!
A person who has successfully completed a paralegal education and training program may receive a certificate. Receiving this certificate defines the conclusion of the educational process. It is your diploma. It does NOT mean that you are “certified” as a paralegal.A certified paralegal is a paralegal that has met specific state association requirements and/or completed a national certification exam. The requirements, in general, include: (i) graduating from a paralegal program; (ii) completion of a given amount of work experience; and/or (iii) acceptable performance on a qualifying examination or series of examinations. Specific requirements to become a Delaware Certified Paralegal can be found below.