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Under the auspices of NALA, TAPA members are required to adhere to NALA's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities. NALA strives to align its values with those of the American Bar Association and hold disciplinary authority over members breaching these regulations.
Active Membership is open to any individual who meets one or more of the following qualifications:
1. Has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) examination of the National Association of Legal Assistants;
2. Has graduated from an ABA-approved program of study for paralegals;
3. Has graduated from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited but not ABA-approved, and which is in substantial compliance with the current ABA-approved guidelines;
4. Has obtained a post-baccalaureate, a baccalaureate or an associate degree in any field from an institutionally accredited school and either (I) has two years of work experience as a paralegal, or (ii) has successfully completed the same number of semester hours required by the ABA approval guidelines for legal specialty courses from a course of study set out in sections 2 and 3 above;
5. Has graduated from an institutionally accredited school for paralegals, other than those set out in items 2 and 3 above, which requires at least 60 semester hours of study that includes at least the same number of semester hours required by the ABA approval guidelines for legal specialty courses and either (I) two years of work experience as a paralegal, or (ii) the completion of a baccalaureate or associate degree; or
6. Has a high school diploma or its equivalent, and has five or more years of work experience as a paralegal.
Associate Membership is open to members of the bar association that endorse or promote the paralegal profession, educators of paralegals employed by an institution of higher learning, or individuals who are directly involved in the supervision of paralegals. Associate members may not vote or hold an office in TAPA but may participate in any committee.
Student Membership is open to students currently enrolled in a paralegal program. Student members may not vote or hold an office in TAPA but may participate in any committee.
Sustaining Membership is available to non-paralegals that perform services, provide products, or are in some other way related to the legal profession. Sustaining members may not vote or hold an office in TAPA.
Tulsa Area Paralegal Association