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Arkansas Paralegal Alliance has four (4) classes of membership as defined in its Amended and Restated Bylaws:

Active Member:
(a) Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Paralegal ("CP") examination administered by National Association of Legal Assistants ("NALA");

(b) Any individual who has graduated from an American Bar Association ("ABA") approved program of study for legal assistants or paralegals;

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

(d) Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for legal assistants other than those set forth in this section and section (c) above, plus not less than six (6) months of in-house training as a legal assistant / paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant / paralegal;

(e) Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, plust not less than six months in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant;

(f) Any individual who has had 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, whos attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant;

(g) 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;

(h) The directors of the Corporation may at any time or from time to time prescribe futher rules and regulations defining and governing the admission of individuals in the Corporation.

Associate Member:
(a) Those members of bar associations endorsing the legal assistant concept or involved in the promotion of the legal assistant profession;

(b) Those members of the educational field endorsing the legal assistant concept or involved in the promotion of the legal assistant profession;

(c) The directors of the Corporation may at any time or from time to time prescribe further rules and regulations defining and governing the admission of individuals to membership in the Corporation.

Sustaining Member:
(a) Those individuals, law firms, corporations and legal assistant program representatives who endorse the legal assistant concept or are involved in the promotion of the legal assistan profession.

Student Member:

(a) Those individualys who are full-time students in good standing in any university, college, junion college or other approved school pursuing a course of studies as a legal assistant;

(b) The directors of the Corporation may at any time or from time to time prescribe further rules and regulations defining and governing the admission of individuals to membership in the Corporation.he Corporation.


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