VOTING - membership dues $60
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
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.
ASSOCIATE - membership dues $45
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, legal assistant manager, nurse
consultant, or legal investigator).
STUDENT - membership dues $20
Any person who is currently enrolled in a course of study
for legal assistants/paralegals as a student in good standing in any
university, college, or other approved school pursuing a course of studies as a
SUSTAINING - membership dues $75
Any lawyer, law firm, agency, association, educational
institution, corporation or other entity interested in supporting the legal
assistant/paralegal profession and the Association.