a. Graduation from one of the following ABA approved legal assistant/paralegal studies: bachelor's degree, associate's degree or a post-baccalaureate program. If not ABA approved, graduation from a legal assistant/paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours, or the equivalent, of which 18 semester credit hours are substantive paralegal courses.
b. A bachelor's degree in any field, and either one-year employer training as a legal assistant/paralegal; or 18 semester credit hours of legal assistant/paralegal substantive courses.
c. Successful completion of a national certifying examination which is specifically designed for legal assistants/ paralegals, and which includes continuing legal education for maintenance of that certification status.
d. Any individual who has a minimum of three (3) years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six (6) months of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant.
e. Any individual who has a minimum of two (2) years of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant.
f. A duly qualified past or present, Active or Reserve Component paralegal of any United States of America Branch of the Armed Forces.
i. Current military paralegals must complete the Employer Attestation Form and/or provide a DD Form 214.
ii. Past military paralegals must provide a DD Form 214.
4.1. Voting Member: voting membership shall be open to any legal assistant/paralegal who meets one of the requirements set forth below:
4.2 Associate Member: (Non-voting) Any individual who is working as a legal assistant/paralegal who has not yet achieved the status of a voting member; or an individual who works in a related area of work (for example, but not limited to, legal assistant manager, legal assistant supervisor, nurse consultant or legal investigator). (Note: Section 6 must be completed.)
4.3 Student Member: (Non-voting) Any person who is currently enrolled full time in a formal course of study for legal assistants/paralegals at a college, university, junior college or post-secondary school, which course of study requires resident classes or courses for completion of such legal assistants/paralegal programs. (Note: Section 7 must be completed.)
4.4 Sustaining Members: (Non-voting) Any lawyer, law firm, agency, association, educational institution, corporation or other entity interested in supporting the legal assistant/paralegal profession and the Association may become a sustaining member by meeting such additional standards, if any, as may time to time be prescribed by the Standing Rules of the Association. (Note: Section 8 must be completed)
Interested in becoming a member? Reach out to our membership committee or fill out an application!
2022 - 2023 Annual Membership Rates
Voting Member $60
Associate Member $45
Student Member $20
Sustaining Member $75
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