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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs — Membership

How do I update my contact information on the Paralegal Division's website directory?

How do I add specialty areas of law to my membership record?

How do I join the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas?

I have recently changed my last name. How do I make that change to my membership record?

I recently received the Paralegal Division membership acceptance letter but need my membership number in order to gain access to the Division's Members-Only area on the website. Can you please forward my membership number to me?

I recently updated my membership information via the State Bar of Texas website. Why is it not updated on the Directory on the Paralegal Division's website?

I am in receipt of my membership renewal form but failed to renew it prior to July 31st. Can I still send in the renewal form to the State Bar of Texas Membership Department?

How do I find my membership number?

I would like to submit an application for membership to the Paralegal Division, and I am in the process of going through the appropriate amount of CLE. Can I take the full 10 hours of CLE online?

I am a new member of the Paralegal Division and I cannot log into the Members Only area. Can you tell me why?

I have lost my membership card. How do I order another one?

When do I renew my membership in the Paralegal Division?

I have completed a full year working as a paralegal. The one year experience has been split between two employers. What should I list on the Active Membership Application to show the one year of paralegal experience?

Can I change my current status to different status before the renewal process?

Can I change my Emeritus status membership to Active or Associate before the renewal process?

Can I change my membership status from a Student member to an Active or Associate Member before the renewal process?

How do I update my contact information on the Paralegal Division's website directory?

CHANGES TO MEMBER INFORMATION

Paralegal Division members can change mailing address, revise email address, and/or phone numbers on the State Bar of Texas master membership roster via the State Bar of Texas website.  Go to www.texasbar.com; click on LOGIN (top of the texasbar.com home page).  Enter your membership number and passwordIf you have never visited this page, you will need to set up a pin (password) number using your Paralegal Division membership number.  Don't forget to select the option for preferred mailing address.  If you are having a problem with accessing this page on the State Bar of Texas website, please contact the Membership Department at 1-800-204-2222, ext. 1840.  Note:  If you have a name change, you must contact the State Bar of Texas by phone at 1-800-204-2222, ext. 1840.

Don’t forget to update your information for the Paralegal Division’s eGroup! Find out how by visiting our FAQs page
, under the eGroup topic.

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How do I add specialty areas of law to my membership record?

If you are a current member of the Paralegal Division, you may choose to add up to three specialty areas of law to your member record under the Directory of the Members-Only Area. Just sign into the Members-Only area, and choose your Edit My Profile from the fly-out menu under the Directory Tab. When you personal record appears, please choose from a drop down list under Practice Area. Once you have chosen the areas of law under your personal record, scroll to the bottom and save.

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How do I join the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas?

The Paralegal Division is an integral part of the State Bar of Texas.  The Division sets its own standard for membership in the Paralegal Division.  The Board of Directors sets the policy for membership in the Paralegal Division.  To view the benefits, criteria, and applications for membership in the Paralegal Division, please see below:

Benefits: Membership Benefits
Critieria: Membership Types and Criteria
Membership Applications: Applications

When a person submits an application for membership, the application is reviewed by the Membership Committee of the Paralegal Division to confirm that the applicant meets the criteria for membership set forth by the Board of Directors of the Paralegal Division.  Upon approval, the applicant is forwarded a letter from the Paralegal Division within 30 days of receipt of application.

To learn more about the Paralegal Division and its policies of the Paralegal Division, please review the Standing Rules and other information that can be found under the menu tab entitled ABOUT PD.

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I have recently changed my last name. How do I make that change to my membership record?

The State Bar of Texas has a policy regarding changes of last name for members of the Paralegal Division.  A request for last name change must be made directly to the Membership Department of the State Bar of Texas by calling 800-204-2222, ext. 1840.

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I recently received the Paralegal Division membership acceptance letter but need my membership number in order to gain access to the Division's Members-Only area on the website. Can you please forward my membership number to me?

Membership numbers are provided to new members by the State Bar of Texas Membership Department.  Membership cards are forwarded by mail to the new members of the Division within two weeks of receipt of acceptance letter.  If there is a need to know the membership number, please contact the Membership Department directly at 1-800-204-2222, ext. 1383.

The membership numbers are assigned to new members by the State Bar of Texas Membership Department. Once memberships are approved by the Paralegal Division, the dues and forms are forwarded directly to the State Bar for processing.

Members are not granted access to the Members-Only area until the following week after receipt of the membership card.  Generally, it takes about one - two weeks from the day your membership is entered into the Membership database to have the filed downloaded from the State Bar of Texas website database and uploaded to the Paralegal Division's website.

The State Bar of Texas Membership Roster is not directly connected to the Division's website. Each Sunday, the State Bar's computer program automatically creates a current list of the Division's members. Each Monday, the Division is allowed to access the State Bar's info and download all of the current members in a format to be placed on the Division's website. Once you receive your membership number, please check on Tuesday to see if you can gain access to the Members-Only area of the Division's website.

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I recently updated my membership information via the State Bar of Texas website. Why is it not updated on the Directory on the Paralegal Division's website?

The State Bar of Texas Membership Roster is not directly connected to the Division's website. Each Sunday, the State Bar's computer program automatically creates a current list of the Division members. Each Monday, the Division is allowed to access the State Bar's info and download all of the current members in a format to be placed on the Division's website. Please check back on Tuesday of the following week to view and confirm your member information on the Division's website membership directory under the Members-Only area.

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I am in receipt of my membership renewal form but failed to renew it prior to July 31st. Can I still send in the renewal form to the State Bar of Texas Membership Department?

No, you may not renew your membership using the renewal form AFTER August 31 of the current year.

According the Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division, you must re-apply for membership using the current membership application. The Standing Rules of the Paralegal Division provision states:

I.    MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

            Amended April 1986, April 1993, February 2000, February 2004, October 2004, June 2005, November 2006, March 2007, February 2008, June 2008, November 2008, February 2013

 

            2.   Any member filing a renewal application after July 1 of the calendar year in which such membership expired shall pay a $20 late fee, in addition to the membership fee, at the time of application. Any member who has not filed a renewal application and paid the appropriate fee on or beforeJuly 31 of the calendar year in which such membership expired shall be deleted from the membership rolls of the Division. Reinstatement will require the submission of a new application in accordance with the requirements then in effect, except at the discretion of the Board. Any applicant who has been an Active or Associate member within the previous twelve (12) months, and is re-applying for membership must show proof of completion of six (6) CLE hours in order to be eligible for Active or Associate membership status.

However, if you feel your case is unique, you have the option to appeal to the Board of Directors. A list of directors can be found on this website under “CONTACTS”.

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How do I find my membership number?

The membership number is located on the membership card that is mailed to the Paralegal Division members from the Membership Department of the State Bar of Texas.  A membership card is mailed to each new and renewing member within two weeks of receipt of dues payment.  If you do not receive a card (within two weeks of receiving the acceptance letter) or have lost the membership card, please contact the Membership Department directly at 1-800-204-2222, ext. 1383.

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I would like to submit an application for membership to the Paralegal Division, and I am in the process of going through the appropriate amount of CLE. Can I take the full 10 hours of CLE online?

Yes, all required CLE by the Paralegal Division can be obtained by taking online CLE courses.

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I am a new member of the Paralegal Division and I cannot log into the Members Only area. Can you tell me why?

The reason you cannot log into the Members-Only area at this time is because it takes approximately two weeks from the day your membership is entered into the Membership database to have the file downloaded from the State Bar of Texas website database and uploaded to the Paralegal Division's website.

The State Bar of Texas Membership Roster is not directly connected to the Division's website. Each Sunday, the State Bar's computer program automatically creates a current list of the Division members. Each Monday, the Division is allowed to access the State Bar's info and download all of the current members in a format to be placed on the Division's website. Please check back on Tuesday of the following week for access.

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I have lost my membership card. How do I order another one?

MEMBERSHIP CARD
Need to replace your membership card? Please send $25.00 made payable to the Paralegal Division along with a letter requesting a new membership card to the Membership Department, State Bar of Texas, P. O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711.

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When do I renew my membership in the Paralegal Division?

The renewal forms for membership are mailed to the Division members in April of each year with a second notice mailed in late June. Payments received between April through July are posted to each member's account for the current fiscal year that begins June 1 and ends on May 31.

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I have completed a full year working as a paralegal. The one year experience has been split between two employers. What should I list on the Active Membership Application to show the one year of paralegal experience?

As long as you have worked as a paralegal performing at least 80% substantive paralegal duties for total of one year, and have met the other educational and/certification criteria, you may complete the Active membership application. You should list the employer with dates that you performed at least 80% of substantive paralegal duties. You may list a combination of the employers.

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Can I change my current status to different status before the renewal process?

Members are not allowed to change their membership status during the member year.  All status changes are made during the renewal process (April  - August).

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Can I change my Emeritus status membership to Active or Associate before the renewal process?

It is impossible to change your membership status mid-year (fiscal year ends on May 31).  All membership status must be changed during the renewal process.

If you are a current Emeritus member and would like to change to a different member status, upon receipt of your Emeritus membership renewal form, you will be instructed to complete an Active or Associate membership application in order to change from Emeritus to Active or Associate (whichever applies). In order to make the correct choice for which new membership category you should apply, please go to www.txpd.org (under Membership menu item) and view the current membership applications along with the criteria for each category. Please review both the Active Membership application and the Associate Membership application

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Can I change my membership status from a Student member to an Active or Associate Member before the renewal process?

It is impossible to change your membership status mid-year (fiscal year ends on May 31).  All membership status must be changed during the renewal process.

If you are a current Student member and would like to change to a different member status, upon receipt of your student membership renewal form, you will be instructed to complete an Active or Associate membership application in order to change from Student to Active or Associate (whichever applies). The reason is because student memberships are based on the paralegal program that a person attends and the Active and/or Associate memberships are based on the individual's education, experience, and job duties. In order to make the correct choice for which new membership category you should apply, please go to www.txpd.org (under Membership menu item) and view the current membership applications along with the criteria for each category. Please review both the Active Membership application and the Associate Membership application

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