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About the Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA)

Capital Area Paralegal Association (CAPA) is a voluntary non-profit corporation comprised of paralegals, legal assistants, students, legal educators, and legal service providers in Austin and the Central Texas area.  CAPA was organized in September 1978 by a small group of pioneering paralegals and has since grown into the largest Texas affiliate of NALA - The Paralegal Association.


CAPA's mission is "to serve and promote the paralegal profession."

  • To further education among members of the profession.
  • To promote and protect the general professional interests of paralegals in Austin, Texas, and the surrounding area.
  • To involve paralegals in the shaping of guidelines affecting the regulation and development of the paralegal profession.
  • To provide a forum for an exchange of viewpoints on matters of professional interest.
  • To represent fairly both public and private sector paralegal interests.
  • To establish fellowship among CAPA members, NALA, and members of the legal community.
  • To encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment.
  • To cooperate with bar associations and other law-related organizations.
  • To support and carry out the programs, purposes, aims and goals of NALA.


· Access to CAPA's exclusive Job Bank.

· Email announcements and access to “Members Only” pages on the Website.

·      The Brief – CAPA’s monthly newsletter.

· Information on upcoming CLE seminars.

· NALA – The Paralegal Association (“NALA”) Affiliate:  As a member of NALA, CAPA has a vote in setting the direction of the profession by participating in the oldest and largest paralegal association in the country (approximately 18,000 current members).  Ongoing legislation and case law affecting paralegals is monitored.

· Texas Alliance of Paralegal Associations (“TAPA”):  Networking, newsletter exchange and access to the job banks of other paralegal associations in Texas.

· General Membership Meetings:  Various speakers discuss topics of general interest to legal professionals.  Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) credit is given for attending these meetings.

· CLE and Professional Development Seminars:  Discounted full-day seminars and symposiums and no cost "Lunch & Learn" seminars are held from time to time on issues affecting the profession.  CLE credit is given for attending these seminars when approved by NALA and/or TBLS.

· Social Events and Networking Opportunities:  Annually, CAPA hosts a Paralegal Day Celebration in October, and a Holiday Celebration in December, as well as other social events during the year.

· Mentorship Program:  CAPA offers a mentorship program for new and student paralegals to receive guidance from experienced paralegals in its membership.

· School and Student Liaison:  CAPA provides a liaison between the student community and the Association to facilitate connection with the membership benefits and resources.  The School and Student Liaison also connects with area paralegal programs to promote CAPA’s student membership.

· Certified Paralegal (NALA CP) and Texas Board of Legal Specialization (“TBLS”) Board Certification study groups and exam resources.

Legal Services and Attorney Referrals

CAPA is not a legal aid service, nor may its paralegal members be hired for personal legal work. State regulations and the Professional Code of Ethics for paralegals prohibit paralegals from dispensing any legal advice.  Paralegals are not attorneys and cannot practice law individually; they must perform all legal duties and functions under the direct supervision and guidance of an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

If you are seeking legal advice for a personal matter, consider contacting the following services to locate an attorney to assist you:
       Lawyer Referral Service        (512) 472-8303
       Legal Aid of Central Texas    (512) 446-5550

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How to Contact CAPA

CAPA does not maintain a private office. It is organized and staffed by volunteer paralegals and legal assistants who work regular legal jobs in law offices, state agencies, and corporate offices. For contact information for the CAPA Board and Chairs, please visit the Board and Committee Chairs page, or contact CAPA by U.S. Mail:

Capital Area Paralegal Association

P. O. Box 773

Austin, TX  78767

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