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    Welcome! We appreciate your interest in joining AAPi and look forward to sharing with you all the benefits AAPi membership will provide. Below you will find information on the types of and qualifications for membership in AAPi. If you are not sure which membership option fits your position, feel free to contact us via email at [email protected] for more information. 

    Membership Types & Qualifications

    AAPi has five (7) classifications of membership: Active, Associate, Sustaining, Student, Legal Professional, Retired, and Lifetime.

    A. ACTIVE MEMBERS. Active membership is open to any individual who resides in or is actively employed as a paralegal in the State of Alabama and who works under the supervision of a licensed, practicing attorney and who meets at least one of the following requirements. (This is the only membership classification which carries full voting privileges.)

    (1) Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) or Certified Paralegal (CP) examination of NALA.

    (2) Any individual who holds a bachelor's or associate's degree in Paralegal Studies from an ABA approved paralegal program.

    (3) Any individual who holds a bachelor's or associate's degree in Paralegal Studies from a paralegal program which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of sixty (60) semester hours of classroom study of which at least 15 semester hours are substantive legal courses PLUS at least six (6) month's work experience as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks.

    (4) Any individual who has graduated from a paralegal certificate program requiring a minimum of 24 credit hours for completion, PLUS at least one (1) year's work experience as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks.

    (5) Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, PLUS at least two (2) year's work experience as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks.

    (6) Any individual who has a minimum of five (5) year's work experience as a paralegal performing substantive legal tasks under the supervision of a licensed, practicing attorney, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.

    B. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS. Associate membership is open to any individual who meets at least one of the following qualifications.

    (1) Individuals currently employed as a paralegal but who have not yet satisfied the requirements of Active Members.

    (2) Individuals who meet the requirements of Active Members but who are not employed at the time of application or who have retired from work as a paralegal.

    (3) Individuals who have graduated from a paralegal studies program but who have not yet satisfied the work experience requirements of Active Members.

    (4) Individuals directly involved in the supervision of paralegals, including law office managers and administrators.

    C. STUDENT MEMBERS. Student membership is open to any individual who is a student in good standing in any university, college, junior college or other post-secondary, institutionally accredited school pursuing a course of study as a paralegal attested by the director of such school, provided that the student is not employed on a full-time basis as a paralegal.

    D. SUSTAINING MEMBERS. Sustaining membership is open to any firm, association, corporation, educational institution or other entity endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession.

    E. LIFETIME MEMBERS. Lifetime membership is open to any individual who meets all of the following qualifications.

    (1) Must be a retired paralegal;

    (2) Must have been a voting member of the Association at the time of retirement with a minimum of ten (10) years as a member;

    (3) Must have served a minimum of at least two (2) terms on the Board of Directors; and,

    (4) Application for lifetime membership must be confirmed by the Board of Directors.

    Applications for Lifetime Membership must be approved by the Board of Directors.

    F. RETIRED MEMBERS.  Retired membership is a non-voting membership that must be approved by the Board of Directors, and is open to any individual who meets ALL of the following qualifications.

    (1) Individual shall be a retired paralegal;

    (2) Individual shall have been a voting member in good standing at the time of retirement – with a minimum of ten (10) years as a member;

    Applications for Retired Membership must be approved by the Board of Directors.

    G. LEGAL PROFESSIONAL. Legal Professional membership is a non-voting membership and is open to any individual who is not a resident of the State of Alabama, who is employed as a paralegal under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney and/or has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant or Certified Paralegal Examination of NALA or holds a bachelor's or associate's degree in Paralegal Studies.