About NFPA - Individual Membership

Individual Membership

Most of NFPA's members are through over 50 member paralegal associations across the United States.  Individual membership in any of our member associations includes membership with NFPA

Member benefits include discounts on NFPA Annual Convention rates, annual Joint Conference rates and a subscription to the National Paralegal Reporter magazine as well as preferred rates at several retailers and web sites.

Designed as a grassroots organization, NFPA® encourages individuals and representatives from member associations to become involved nationally by serving as a Coordinator, as a Committee member, or as a member of the national Board of Directors.

Members raise issues for research, study, and review by the appointed Coordinators and ad hoc committees. The entire membership will receive a report based on the data gathered by these groups. The issues may be raised during a national meeting.

At the conventions, NFPA members adopt a democratic process of discussion, debate and vote to address the issues. Each local association, regardless of its size, has one vote. To be adopted, all policy positions must be passed by a two-thirds majority.

Individual members are also encouraged to participate in NFPA through submission of agenda topics for debate at conventions and participation on chats and list serves.

Individuals may join NFPA using the online form linked at the top of this page or the PDF version of the membership application: Individual/Student / Military
Please note: Membership is not available to those who are currently incarcerated.

  • Individual Sustaining Membership
    • Please include resume with your application as the processing will be delayed until practice can be verified.
  • Military Membership
    • Available to paralegals currently serving on Active Duty in the armed forces of the United States no matter where they are stationed.
    • Please include a photocopy (paper application) or scan (electronic application; PDF or JPG) of the front of your military ID card as the processing will be delayed until service can be verified.
  • Student Membership
    • Must be a current student of paralegal studies or a recent graduate.  Please include a copy of your school transcript with your application as the processing will be delayed until qualifying studies can be verified.

Membership Types for Groups

  • Associate Membership
    • Available to paralegal groups which are divisions or sections of non-paralegal entities (bar associations, government entities etc.) or located outside of the United States who want to associate with the mission and activities of NFPA but not participate in the governance of NFPA.  Dues set by the Board of Directors.  Download the domestic application or international application.
  • Organizational Membership
    • Libraries, businesses and other organizations who are interested in promoting the paralegal profession are welcome to join NFPA.  Applications may be completed using the online form (Visa/MC/Amex) or the paper form. (PDF)
  • Paralegal Associations
modified 11/6/2014

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