Current Enrollment Period: Full Year — Joining between February 26, 2022 and November 30, 2022. Membership will expire May 31, 2023.
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Active – To become an Active member you must be currently working in Texas as a paralegal under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney and have at least one year of employment experience as a paralegal working under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney. At least 80% of your duties must be substantive legal duties. Freelance paralegals who meet all criteria for Active membership are eligible to join as an Active member.
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Associate – You should apply for Associate Membership if you are currently employed in Texas as a paralegal with less than one year of experience, a paralegal performing substantive legal work 50% of the time, or a coordinator/supervisor of a paralegal program within a law firm, corporation, or agency. Freelance paralegals who meet all criteria for Associate membership are eligible to join as an Associate member.
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Student – A person is eligible for Student Membership if enrolled in a qualifying paralegal program.
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Subscribing — An individual who is interested in supporting the purposes and goals of the Division may be eligible for subscribing membership if:
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Sustaining — Any law firm, corporation, agency, paralegal training program, institution, or entity interested in supporting the purposes and goals of the Paralegal Division is eligible for sustaining membership.
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Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States that refers to “conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.” The concept of moral turpitude escapes precise definition but has been described as an “act of baseness, vileness or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellowmen, or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.” The specific acts that such a concept includes inevitably change over time, as general public acceptance or abhorrence of issues alters.
The following crimes constitute moral turpitude, but are not inclusive of all crimes involving moral turpitude:
This listing of duties is not exclusive of all duties performed by paralegals in their respective fields. Some individuals may perform tasks at a higher level, while others may carry out at a lower level. This list is intended as a sampling of substantive tasks performed by paralegals across many different legal fields.
DEFINITION OF A PARALEGAL: A paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, that, absent such assistant, the attorney would perform the task (Adopted April 8, 2005, by the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas).
I HAVE READ THE “Definition of a Paralegal” as stated above and I hereby verify and acknowledge that I personally am performing paralegal duties in the State of Texas and:
I work under the direct supervision of an attorney and perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for at least eighty percent of the time and that a licensed attorney is responsible for my (Applicant’s) work product; OR
I am a freelance paralegal who has performed specifically delegated substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney during the past six (6) months.
I hereby apply for Active Membership in the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. I hereby certify that I have completely and truthfully provided information on this form, that I am currently employed as a paralegal in the State of Texas, that I work under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney at all times, and that I qualify as a member based on the entries on this form. I hereby give consent to the Paralegal Division to contact my present and/or former supervising attorney(s), education programs, and/or credentialing bodies for verification or clarification of my qualifications for membership, and I understand that if any information submitted in this application is false, it will be grounds for denial of my application.
I have read and, if accepted, agree to be bound by the Division’s Bylaws (PDF) and Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
I work under the direct supervision of an attorney and perform specifically delegated substantive legal work for at least fifty percent of the time and that a licensed attorney is responsible for my (Applicant’s) work product; OR
I hereby apply for student membership in the Paralegal Division of the state bar of Texas. I hereby certify that I am currently enrolled in an accredited Texas paralegal program leading to a degree or certificate of completion. I hereby give my consent to a representative of the Paralegal Division to contact the administrator of this program for verification or clarification of my qualifications for membership, and I understand that if any information submitted in this application is false, it will be grounds for denial of my application.
“IT IS NOT THE INTENT OF THE DIVISION FOR SUSTAINING MEMBERS TO USE THEIR MEMBERSHIP IN THE DIVISION FOR THE PURPOSES OF MARKETING OR SUPPLYING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION.” (STANDING RULE I.D.2., PARALEGAL DIVISION OF THE STATE BAR OF TEXAS.)
I hereby apply for Subscribing Membership in the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas. I hereby certify that I meet one of the criteria listed on the membership application and that I am not employed in the State of Texas as a paralegal.