CAPITAL AREA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION

Membership Criteria & Information


Types of Membership

CAPA offers the following membership types:

A Voting Member of CAPA must be currently employed full time as a paralegal or works at least thirty (30) hours per week as a freelance paralegal in the State of Texas, and meet one of the following criteria:

  1. a four-year degree;
  2. completion of a paralegal program;
  3. five years of paralegal experience; or
  4. NALA, NFPA or TBLS certification.

Associate Member of CAPA must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. currently employed as a paralegal, but has not yet satisfied the requirements of Voting members;
  2. presently employed as a coordinator or supervisor of a paralegal program in a law firm, governmental agency, or corporate legal department;
  3. not currently employed as a paralegal, but has completed a paralegal training program; 
  4. previously employed as a paralegal, but is not employed at the time of application; or
  5. does not reside or work in the Austin metropolitan area.

Emeritus/Lifetime Member:

  1. must be a former active voting member of the Association;
  2. must have served either as an officer/director, or as a Committee Chair of the Association;
  3. must be retired from the profession;
  4. is not currently employed as a paralegal;
  5. is in good standing with the Association; and
  6. shall not have the right to vote, hold any office, or serve as officer/director.

Student Member of CAPA must be enrolled in a paralegal program at the time of application. 

Sustaining Members of CAPA are lawyers, law firms, government agencies, paralegal training programs, institutions and other vendors who serve the legal community. The vendors have an opportunity to network with CAPA members and promote their services at CAPA functions. Sustaining Members also provide valuable services and sponsorships for CAPA events. For details on the Sustaining Members program, click here.

Questions?  Please email the Membership Chair.


Annual Membership Dues

  • $10.00 Initiation Fee ~ Due only on first sign-up (unless delinquent renewal).
  • $50.00 Voting Membership (five (5) hours of substantive CLE are required for renewal).
  • $30.00 Associate Membership (two (2) hours of substantive CLE are required for renewal).
  • $40.00 Emeritus/Lifetime.
  • $25.00 Student Membership (two (2) hours of substantive CLE are required for renewal).
  • $75.00 Sustaining Membership.
  • Discounts apply to partial-year memberships:  Applicants for INITIAL membership between July 1st and October 31st of any year pay the $10.00 initiation fee and one-half (1/2) the annual dues for membership through December 31st of that same year.  Applicants for INITIAL membership between November 1st and December 31st pay the $10.00 initiation fee plus the full annual dues for membership through
    December 31st of the following year. 

Use the online application for Voting/Associate Membership or for Student Membership to join CAPA now!

Questions?  Please email the Membership Chair.


Benefits of CAPA Membership

  • Monthly luncheon meetings (except December), most offering CLE credit, held on the last Wednesday of each month from 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

  • Monthly newsletter consisting of legal and paralegal articles, calendar of events, Board of Directors minutes, reports of CAPA's committees, upcoming CLE events and legal and general information.
  • CLE opportunities, including speakers at monthly luncheons, CP/CLA study group, brown bag lunch topics and paralegal seminars (both full day and evening).
  • Opportunities to participate in special projects and become involved by serving on one of CAPA's committees.

  • Social networking opportunities with other professionals, including monthly luncheons, committee service, happy hours and socials, and Paralegal Day and Holiday parties.

  • Membership in a professional association affiliated with NALA.

  • Members are recognized through special promotions and events.

  • Members may write articles for the newsletter (both legal and general) and are offered leadership opportunities.

  • Access to the CAPA Job Bank.

  • Access to CAPA's Membership Directory.  

  • Access to CAPA website, calendar and legal weblinks.   

  • Access to CAPA's Sustaining Members and legal support vendor services.

Use the online application for Voting/Associate Membership or for Student Membership to join CAPA now!

Questions?  Please email the Membership Chair.


Updated 1.4.2018

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