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Paralegal Division
2022 – 2023 Membership Renewals (Online Only) and CLE Requirements

This is notice from the Paralegal Division to all current 2021-2022 members of the Paralegal Division whose current membership expired on May 31, 2022.  The membership renewal process for the Paralegal Division is entirely online.  You will NOT receive a paper renewal form.   Membership renewals end on July 31, 2022, make sure you renew prior to July 31!   THE PD BOARD HAS WAIVED THE LATE FEE, so renew today!

IF YOU HAVE RENEWED, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS MESSAGE.  You can check to see if you have renewed by logging into your account, going to MyAccount and view MyOrders.

CLE Requirements for Active or Associate Members:
If you are a current 2021-2022 Active or Associate member (membership expiring on May 31, 2022, you were required to obtain at least 6 hours of CLE, 1 hour of which must be legal ethics (2 hours can be self-study) between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022 in order to renew your 2022-2023 membership.  The Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division states that each Active and/or Associate member must obtain at least 6 CLE hours to renew membership for the following fiscal year (June 1 – May 31).  Substantive continuing legal education completed during any membership year in excess of the minimum six (6) hour requirement for such period may be applied to the following membership year’s requirement so long as the CLE was obtained in the membership year in which a person was an Active or Associate member. The carryover provision applies to one (1) year only and does not include legal ethics hours. (If you applied for membership after February 25, 2022 you DO NOT need to renew until May 31, 2023.)

Tracking your Required CLE:
Renewing Active and Associate members must document required CLE PRIOR TO completing the online membership renewal application.  You may enter your CLE by accessing the page found on the PD website at (Go to the Members Only>Manage My CLE Records and log in).  Go online and enter your CLE today!

Need Help tracking your CLE?  View HERE for an easy way!

Qualifying CLE:
The Paralegal Division will accept substantive law CLE presented or approved by the MCLE Department of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, the National Association of Legal Assistants, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and/or presented by the Paralegal Division, local bar associations, paralegal associations, or law firms for credit towards the Paralegal Division’s mandatory membership renewal CLE requirement.

If the CLE course is not accredited by any of the above-referenced groups, the Division will accept a seminar, if it is a substantive law course offered by a qualified presenter that would qualify for approval if submitted to one of the above organizations.  “Substantive Law Course” means an organized program of legal education dealing with: 1) substantive or procedural subjects of law; 2) legal skills and techniques; 3) legal ethics and/or legal professional responsibility; or 4) alternative dispute resolution.  Additionally, law office management programs accredited by the State Bar of Texas will be accepted.

If the requested CLE hours are in connection with auditing or attending a substantive law class, the CLE hours allowed shall be limited to the number of semester hours (usually a three-hour course) rather than the number of clock hours attended.

For a complete detailed list of CLE Requirements, view Standing Rules HERE.

Renew today.  You do not want your membership benefits to lapse.

Thank you!

Rhonda J. Brashears
Paralegal Division Coordinator

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