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Right to Membership. Only those persons who qualify for membership according to the provisions of these Bylaws shall be accepted as Members.
Classes of Membership. There shall be seven (7) classes of membership as follows:


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A - Active Member
A - Active Member
Qualifications as Active Member. The following shall qualify as an ActiveMember upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) examination of NALA.
  2. Any individual who has graduated from an American Bar Association (“ABA”) approved program of study for paralegals.
  3. Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not lessthan the equivalent of sixty (60) semester hours of classroom study.
  4. Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals other than those set forth in B and C above, plus not less than six (6) months of inhouse training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that suchperson is qualified as a paralegal.
  5. Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus notless than six (6) months in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.
  6. Any individual who has a minimum of three (3) years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six (6) months ofin-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.
  7. Any individual who has a minimum of two (2) years of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.
  8. Any individual who qualifies as an Active Member who also has been given Lifetime Member status.
  9. Any Provisional Members under 3.8 (A) who have completed two (2) years of provisional membership.

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B - Student Member
B - Student Member
Qualifications as Student Member. The following shall qualify as a Student Member upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Any individual who is a student in good standing at any university, college,junior college, or other approved school pursuing a course of studies as a paralegal; provided that all such schools and curricula shall be subject to approval ofthe Board of Directors of the Association. Such individual may not be actively employed as a paralegal, unless the individual is instead an Active Member

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C - Sustaining Member
C - Sustaining Member
Qualifications as Sustaining Member. The following shall qualify as a Sustaining Member upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Those individuals, law firms, corporations, vendors, and other entities who endorse the paralegal concept or are involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession.

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D - Provisional Member
D - Provisional Member
Qualifications as Provisional Member. The following shall qualify as a Provisional Member upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Those individuals who do not meet the requirements as an Active Member or Student Member, but are employed as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such individual is qualified as a paralegal. Provisional Members under 3.8(A) automatically become Active Members upon completion of two (2) years of provisional membership.
  2. Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals other than those set forth in 3.4 above, who is searching for employment as a paralegal.
    • Provisional Members under 3.8(B) do not automatically become Active Members upon completion of two (2) years of provisional membership.
    • Provisional Members under 3.8(B) who have completed two (2) calendar years of provisional membership must qualify under another membership category, including 3.8(A), to continue as a Member of the Association.

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E – Lifetime Member
E – Lifetime Member
Qualifications as Lifetime Member. The following shall qualify as a LifetimeMember upon approval of application:
  1. Any individual who the Board of Directors has designated as a Lifetime Member. This Member may be either Active status (with voting privileges) or Retired status (with no voting privileges).

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F - Associate Member F – Retired Member
F - Associate Member
Qualifications as Associate Member. The following shall qualify as an Associate Member upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Attorneys endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion ofthe paralegal profession.
  2. Those members of the educational field endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession.

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F – Retired Member
G – Retired Member
Qualifications as Retired Members. The following shall qualify as a RetiredMember upon approval of application and payment of dues:
  1. Any individual who has retired from the paralegal profession and has been employed in the legal field and was a Member of the Association.

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The Board of Directors of the Association may, at any time or from time to time, prescribe further rules and regulations defining and governing the admission of individualsto membership in the Association, which said rules and regulations shall be set forth in the promulgated Standing Rules of the Association, if any.