THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ASSISTANTS
The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) is a non-profit organization that focuses on the continuing education and professional development of legal assistants and paralegals like you. NALA represents more than 18,000 paralegals and offers training, helpful publications and more.
THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
The American Bar Association (ABA) isn’t just for lawyers. Paralegals can also become a part of the ABA. Considered one of the largest voluntary professional associations in the world, the ABA boasts 400,000 members from various professions in the legal industry. As a member of the ABA, you can take part in specialty groups, can receive career advice and can stay abreast of what is going on in the legal industry.
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) puts out regular publications, provides training, hosts events and more for paralegals. Many people don’t know it, but NFPA was actually the first professional association for paralegals. It was established in 1974 and is still going strong with 50 member associations and 9,000 individual members.
The National Paralegal Association (NPA) includes members who work in legal offices, for big corporations and more. This association focuses on the education and continuing education of paralegals. Unlike some of the professional associations out there, you can actually join the NPA before you start paralegal school, while you are a student, while you’re a working paralegal or while you are working as an instruction or are otherwise in the paralegal education system.
NEW YORK CITY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION
The New York City Paralegal Association (NYCPA) is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of paralegals and the advancement of the paralegal profession. Their vision is to develop a strong association that encourages interaction among students, entry-level and experienced paralegals to facilitate the exchange of insightful information, advice, and guidance to build successful careers.