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Qualifications for Membership

Active Members:
  • Any individual who has successfully completed a curriculum of training as a paralegal/legal assistant or who is certified by a university, college, junior college or other approved school as having successfully completed a full course of studies prescribed for training as a legal assistant; provided, however, that all schools, curricula and certification shall be subject to the approval of this Association. And can provide licensed attorney attestation of current or recent (within the past 2 years) paralegal/legal assistant employment experience, also subject to approval of this Association.
  • Any individual who has been continuously employed as a paralegal/legal assistant for a minimum of the past two (2) years, whose employer and a licensed attorney attest that the person is qualified as a paralegal/legal assistant.
  • Any individual who has successfully completed the CLA/CP/ACP examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants ("NALA").  
Associate Members: 
  • Those members of bar associations and of the education field endorsing the paralegal/legal assistant concept or who are involved in the promotion of the paralegal/legal assistant profession.
  • Those persons directly involved in the supervision of paralegals/legal assistants.
Provisional Members:
  • Any individual who does not meet the requirements for active membership, but who has been employed as a paralegal/legal assistant, within the last two (2) years.
  • Any individual who is not employed as a paralegal/legal assistant, and who has successfully completed a curriculum of training as a paralegal/legal assistant or is certified by a university, college, junior college or other approved school within the past two (2) years, provided that all schools, curricula and certification shall be subject to the approval of this Association.
Student Members:
  • Any individual who is a student in good standing in any university, college, junior college or other approved school pursuing a course of study as a paralegal/legal assistant, provided that all schools and curricula shall be subject to the approval of this Association.  A student shall be defined as one that is taking all paralegal/legal assistant courses offered and is not employed as a paralegal/legal assistant.  
Sustaining Members:
  • Those individuals, law firms, corporations and paralegal/legal assistant program representatives who endorse the paralegal/legal assistant concept or who are actively involved in the promotion of the paralegal/legal assistant profession.