Austin Legal Professionals Association, Inc.
Benefits and Services of Membership

Bulletin (The Verdict!)
Austin LPA members receive The Verdict!, an electronic publication of the local association containing legal education, upcoming activities, and other information about the association. As a member of the tri-level association, you will also receive the The Texas Docket from Texas ALP in electronic format, and @Law from NALS.


Career Center
One of the great benefits of being a member of Austin LPA are the career opportunities available through our career center.  This service is for the benefit of NALS, Texas ALP, and Austin LPA members only.  This service is available to local employers at no charge.

Certification Programs
The Professional Paralegal certification ("PP") is a four-part, full-day exam, which includes:

Part 1 - Written Communications
Part 2 - Legal Knowledge and Skills
Part 3 - Ethics and Judgment Skills
Part 4 - Substantive Law

Qualifications to sit for the exam:  Five years experience performing paralegal/legal assistant duties (a candidate may receive a partial waiver of one year if he or she has a post-secondary degree, other certification, or a paralegal certificate; a candidate with a paralegal degree may receive a two-year partial waiver).

The NALS Professional Paralegal certification will be valid for five years.  Recertification will require 75 hours of CLE.  Recertification is mandatory to remain certified.  For more information about this certification, please visit NALS.

Please note that the only portion a PLS ever has to take of the NALS Professional Paralegal certification exam is the one section on substantive law (Part 4).

PLS. . . the advanced certification for legal professionals (PLS) program was developed by NALS in 1960 to recognize the professional status of lawyer's assistants attaining knowledge concerning all phases of the law offices.  The lawyer's assistant passing the exam receives certification by NALS and is entitled to use the "PLS" designation.  The PLS exam is a comprehensive, one-day exam given twice a year at national testing centers.  PLS exams are given to lawyer's assistants with at least three years of experience.  The PLS exam extensively covers the following subjects: 1) Written Communications, 2) Office Procedures and Technology, 3) Ethics and Judgment, and 4) Legal Knowledge and Skills.  For additional information about this certification, please visit NALS.

In June 1992, NALS began offering the ALS . . . the basic certification for legal professionals (ALS) exam.  This certification program is open to those persons having completed an accredited office curriculum course, the NALS Legal Training Court, or at least one year of general office experience.  For additional information about this certification, please visit NALS.

Community Service
Austin Pets Alive!, through the effort and support of many participants in chapters across the country, provides resources for shelter pets in Austin.  For additional information, please contact our Community Service chair, Kellie

Continuing Legal Education Awards
A voluntary national program awarding certificates to persons achieving 60 hours of education credit in a three-year period.  Upon approval of the application, a certificate is awarded by NALS.  Renewals are available every three years from the date of issuance.  For more information, please visit NALS.

Legal Education
Seminars, workshops, and legal training courses encourage members to keep themselves informated in all aspects of their profession.

Networking
By contact with others in the legal profession, we establish a network, pursue a high order of business and professional attainment, uphold honor and dignity of the law, and maintain a high standard of ethics among members.

Programs
Monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) luncheons are typically held the second Tuesday of each month and are currently being held at the Austin Bar Association, 816 Congress Avenue, 7th Floor, Austin, Texas.

Speakers deliver interesting and informative programs at monthly CLE and membership meetings relating to the legal field.  Topics have included Ethics, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Medical Malpractice, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Constitutional Law, Family Law, and Civil Litigation.

Austin LPA utilizes speakers for CLE meetings from our legal community.  Many of the speakers are attorneys who speak to our Association on specialized fields of the law.

From time to time special programs may be offered to members and non-members alike.  Please visit the News page for information relating to those programs.

If you desire a specific topic or programs to be provided to you as a member, please contact Program Chair, Patricia.  

If you have any questions or would like to serve on the Programs Committee, please feel free to contact Programs Chair, Patricia, as well.