Empire State Alliance of Paralegal Associations, Inc. ("ESAPA") 2019 Survey
The following survey is for the purpose of obtaining responses to questions concerning the direction of the paralegal/legal assistant profession in New York state.

A legal assistant or paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. (ABA definition)

Currently in New York State there is no voluntary or mandatory certification or regulation of the paralegal profession.

Your responses to this survey will be kept confidential and we thank you for your participation.


Regulation is defined as a principle, rule, or law designed to control or govern conduct. More specifically, paralegals may be defined or regulated by state legislatures, state agencies, state supreme courts, state bar associations or by individual court decisions.

Criteria as required by the governmental or other entity would include meeting predetermined qualifications such as: a) an educational requirement; b) the passage of a proficiency-based examination; c) continuing legal education; and d) adherence to a code of ethics.

Forms of regulation include:

• validates an individual's specific skill and knowledge at or above an established performance level
• may be voluntary or mandatory
• includes specific standards, testing and/or updating/renewal
• administered through private organizations or public agencies

• process by which an agency or branch of government grants permission to persons meeting predetermined qualifications to engage in a given occupation or use a particular title
• is a mandatory legal condition for employment
• is generally enacted by legislation for the purpose of protection of the public.

1 - Are you a member of a local association? *
2 - Which association are you a member of: *
3 - Should there be voluntary certification of the paralegal profession in New York state? *
4 - Should there be mandatory certification of the paralegal profession in New York state? *
5 - Should there be voluntary regulation of the paralegal profession in New York state? *
6 - Should there be mandatory regulation of the paralegal profession in New York state? *
7 - Should there be licensure of the paralegal profession in New York state? *
8 - Please indicate your level of education (check all that apply): *
9 - How many years of experience do you have as a paralegal/legal assistant? *
10 - Please indicate in which county you work: *
11 - How do you classify your employment as a paralegal/legal assistant? *
12 - Does your employer support, monetarily or otherwise, your professional development (i.e., CLE, professional memberships)? *
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