Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association

Promoting the Paralegal Profession

TPPA SCHOLARSHIP

The Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association Scholarship was established in 1994. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote the education of students pursuing a career in the legal assistant profession.  You can fill out the application Here

Membership Requirements for TPPA

The membership requirements for the Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association are established by our Bylaws (which can be viewed here) and are as follows:

Active Member. A person eligible for Active membership shall be currently employed as a paralegal under the ultimate supervision of a licensed attorney and shall also meet at least one of the following criteria:

(i)  Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) examination of NALA, and/or the Texas Board of Legal Specialization of the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas, or

(ii)  Any individual who has graduated from an ABA approved program of study for paralegals, or

(iii) Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study, or

(iv) Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals other than those set forth in (ii) and (iii) above, plus not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

(iv) Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus not less than six months in-house training as a paralegal whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

(v) Any individual who has a minimum of three years of law related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

(vi) Any individual who has a minimum of two years of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.

 An Active member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters presented to the members.

 

Freelance Member. A Freelance member is a person eligible for Active membership pursuant to the criteria for Active membership listed above, except that he/she contracts for substantive legal work independently and must be performed under the ultimate supervision of a duly licensed attorney. Applicants for Freelance membership must submit the Acknowledgment of Applicant form, signed by two Active members. The Supervising Attorney’s Verification must be signed by a practicing attorney for whom the applicant has worked within the past twelve months prior to applying for membership.

 A Freelance member shall have all the privileges of an Active member.

 

Associate Member. A person eligible for associate membership shall meet one of the following criteria:

 (i)       is currently employed as a paralegal under the ultimate supervision of a duly licensed attorney, but has not yet satisfied the other criteria of an Active member set out in Section 2.1.a. above;

(ii)     is an Active or Freelance member, who, upon the expiration of a membership year, is no longer employed as a paralegal. Such member may renew as an Associate member pursuant to Section 2.3.c. below; or

(iii)    is a person that is seeking employment as a paralegal, and who would otherwise meet the criteria for Active membership, but has not yet obtained a position as a paralegal.

 An Associate member will have the right to vote, hold office or serve as the Chairperson of any Standing Committee. An Associate member may also chair an ad hoc committee at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

 

Student Member. A person eligible for student membership shall be an individual who is enrolled in a course of study leading to a position as a paralegal and does not meet the criteria of an Active, Freelance, or Associate member.

 A Student member shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or serve as a Director or Chairperson of any Standing Committee.

 

Sustaining Member. Those eligible for Sustaining membership shall be those individuals, law firms, corporations, businesses and paralegal program representatives who endorse the paralegal concept, promote the paralegal profession and contribute support to TPPA.

 A Sustaining member shall not have the right to vote, hold office, or serve as a Director, Chairperson or member of any Standing Committee.

 

JOIN US NOW!

If you live in the Texas Panhandle and would like to join our association, please review the qualifications as set forth on our membership page. You can download our membership applicaion here to renew your membership.

THE TPPA SCHOLARSHIP

The Texas Panhandle Paralegal Association Scholarship was established in 1994 to promote the education of students pursuing a career in the legal assistant profession. Find the Scholarship Application on our Membership Page!

 


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