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ARIZONA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:

Membership in the Arizona Paralegal Association Entitles you:

Receive a copy of our monthly publication The eDigest, which includes articles on the latest trends in the legal field, legal briefs, helpful websites, seminar announcements and a Job Bank.  You'll also receive access to our exclusive Members Only Job Bank.
 
Be connected to the largest network of Arizona paralegals which provides a unique opportunity to grow and thrive in the legal community.  Your membership includes access to our exclusive Member Networking Forum, where you can communicate with fellow members to receive tips and answers to your questions.  You can also network with other members using our online Member Directory.

Join in on our reasonably priced monthly webinars, usually held the second Wednesday of each month.  We provide continuing legal education in a wide range of topics that will be of interest to our members.  AS A NEW MEMBER BENEFIT, membership includes one FREE APA sponsored webinar during the current membership year.  This is a $25 value and is worth one (1)  hour of CLE credit.  

Watch recordings of our prior webinars in our Members Only section.
 

Attend our Annual Legal Seminar and Conference at a discounted price, held annually in May.  Be pampered and earn 6 hours of CLE all in one day!

Participate in community service events, including our annual charity drive in December.

Grow:  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. Being a part of the APA connects you to this growing group of professionals!

LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP:

Voting Membership:
  •  Open to any Arizona resident (a) who is actively employed in the State of Arizona in the capacity of a paralegal, (b) whose work is supervised by an attorney, and (c) who meets at least one of the requirements below:

      • Graduation from an ABA-approved program of study for paralegals;
      • Graduation from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited but not ABA-approved, which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study and which devotes at least the equivalent of 15 semester hours to substantial legal courses;
      • Graduation from a course of study for paralegals other than a course described in (1) or (2) above, plus at least six months of in-house training as a paralegal;
      • Has a baccalaureate degree in any field, and at least six months of in-house training as a paralegal;
      • Successful completion of the Certified Paralegal (CP) examination of the National Association of the Legal Assistants, Inc.;
      • At least three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six months of in-house training as a paralegal;
      • At least two years of in-house training as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.

Non Voting Membership:

  • Open to paralegals who are:
      • Not currently employed in the capacity of a paralegal in the State of Arizona and who meet the requirements of voting membership; OR
      • Employed outside the State of Arizona or not currently employed in the capacity of a paralegal outside the State of Arizona.

Student Membership:

  • Open to students enrolled in a formal training program for paralegals, either in the State of Arizona or outside the State of Arizona.  (Student membership status limited to 1 year.)

Sponsorship Member:

  • Other persons or entities are eligible to be associate members of the APA if they are:
  1. Members of bar associations;
  2. Involved in an educational field which endorses the paralegal concept;
  3. Involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession;
  4. Educational entities which have established a paralegal curriculum; or
  5. Other paralegal associations, regardless of geographical location.

MEMBERSHIP TERM:

PLEASE NOTE:  The term for membership is from January to December each year.  Members joining in December will receive membership that extends to the end of the following year.  (We currently do not offer one-year memberships from date of joining.) 

IMPORTANT:  You don't need to worry about the time of year you join the APA.  When you become a member, you will have complete online access to all of our past issues of The eDigest (our monthly newsletter), recorded webinars, webinar handouts, job bank, mentoring program, access to our members directory, and you can still use your free APA webinar coupon until the end of the year.  We hope you will consider joining us.


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