Vanderbilt Law Review

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The response to the challenge of training legal paraprofessionals is in a state of disarray. This is due not so much to poor planning on the part of the trainers as it is to the inherent difficulty of designing a training program for a role that as yet has no clear boundary lines. On the one hand, this difficulty invites the trainer to give full rein to his imagination in breaking new ground, but on the other hand, the instability in the area has been sufficiently great to scare off would-be participants from a much needed dialogue about how to develop training concepts. This article attempts to identify the threshold questions that need to be confronted before the trainer can proceed intelligently; to explore the major training trends in the country today; to examine some of the myths that may be clouding the issues; and finally, to highlight the opportunities for a creative input into the development of an educational process designed to launch a new career in the law.