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ARIZONA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS

1.  Select your membership level below. 

2.  Complete the online application (see link below).  We accept PayPal.

3.  Submit required documentation and attestation (scroll down and see blue box on right side of page) to membership@azparalegal.org

Membership term is from January 1 to December 31 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.)

Note:  Applications must be completed within 30 days.

Members of the Arizona Paralegal Association are required to abide by its Code of Ethics.

Questions: Membership@azparalegal.org

*IMPORTANT:  You don't need to fret 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.

Membership Levels:

VOTING MEMBERship:

Voting Membership is open to any paralegal who is an Arizona resident:

(a)   Who is actively employed in the State of Arizona in the capacity of a paralegal, AND

(b)   Whose work is supervised by an attorney, AND

(c)    Who meets at least one of the requirements below:

    1. Graduation from an ABA-approved program of study for paralegals;
    2. 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; OR
    3. Graduation from a course of study for paralegals other than a course described in (1) or (2) above, plus has not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal; OR
    4. Has a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus has not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal; OR
    5. Successful completion of the Certified Paralegal (CP) examination of the National Association of the Legal Assistants, Inc.; OR
    6. 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; OR
    7. At least two years of in-house training as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.

Note:  All other categories of members are not eligible to vote in APA elections.  In addition, only Voting members in good standing are eligible to run for APA Board of Directors' positions or serve as Committee Chairs.

Documentation Required:

Voting Memberships require documentation of education, training and/or employment in the paralegal field:

Document Requirements for Nos. 1, 2, 5

Certificate of Graduation OR NALA CP Certificate

Document Requirements for Nos. 3, 4:

Certificate of Graduation AND completed Attorney Attestation

Document Requirements for Nos. 6, 7:  completed Attorney Attestation


Non-VOTING Membership:

Non-Voting Membership is open to paralegals who are:

State of Arizona Residents:  Paralegals not currently employed as a paralegal in the State AND who meet the requirements of Voting Membership; OR

Outside Arizona:  Paralegals employed OR not employed outside the State of Arizona AND who meet the requirements of Voting Membership:

  1. 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; OR
  2. Graduation from a course of study for paralegals other than a course described in (1) or (2) above, plus has not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal; OR
  3. Has a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus has not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal; OR
  4. Successful completion of the Certified Paralegal (CP) examination of the National Association of the Legal Assistants, Inc.; OR
  5. 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; OR
  6. At least two years of in-house training as a paralegal under the supervision of an attorney.

Documentation Required:

Non-Voting Memberships require documentation of education, training and/or employment in the paralegal field:

Document Requirements for Nos. 1, 2, 5

Certificate of Graduation OR NALA CP Certificate

Document Requirements for Nos. 3, 4:

Certificate of Graduation AND completed Attorney Attestation

Document Requirements for No. 6:  Completed Attorney Attestation

Student membership:

Student Membership is open to students enrolled in a formal training program for paralegals, either in the State of Arizona or outside the State of Arizona.

SPONSORSHIP MEMBERSHIP:

Sponsorship Membership is open to persons or entities that 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.

READY TO JOIN?

Click the button to proceed with the Online Application Form.

For questions on APA membership, application process, or required documentation, please email:

Membership@azparalegal.org

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