Membership

The BCPA is an advocate to help paralegals get the most out of their profession.  The Board of Directors represents paralegals across the province with regional directors in the lower mainland, interior and Vancouver Island. Members include paralegals working at law firms, in-house legal departments, government ministries, contractors working for lawyers, as well as students enrolled in paralegal programs, educational administrators and others.

 

Membership Categories & Requirements

Any applicant who supports the purposes of the Association may apply to the Board for membership.  Applicants admitted to the Association as members shall be bound by the Code of Ethics as set out in Part II of the bylaws.

VOTING MEMBER - $95.00 CATEGORY, QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:

APPLICANT MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS A PARALEGAL and have successfully completed all requirements of a paralegal program at:

  1. Capilano University (Paralegal Degree, Diploma or P/T and Distance Certificate programs); or
  2. Vancouver Community College (Paralegal Diploma or Certificate program); or
  3. University of the Fraser Valley (Paralegal Diploma or Certificate program); or
  4. an educational facility approved by and at the discretion of the Board.

REQUIREMENT:  Must submit a copy of your diploma, certificate or transcript to support your application.

OR

APPLICANT MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED AS A PARALEGAL and have a minimum of five (5) years employment as a Paralegal in British Columbia.

REQUIREMENT:  Applicant's supervising lawyer must certify in writing the number of years the Applicant has been employed as a paralegal by the firm

 

NON-VOTING MEMBER CATEGORIES, QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:

STUDENT - $25.00 individual must be enrolled in a Paralegal training program at:

  1. Capilano University (Paralegal Degree, Diploma or P/T and Distance Certificate programs); or
  2. Vancouver Community College (Paralegal Diploma or Certificate program); or
  3. University of the Fraser Valley (Paralegal Diploma or Certificate program); or
  4. an educational facility approved by and at the discretion of the Board.

REQUIREMENT:  written certification by the Program Director, which is available upon completing the registration process online.

 

AFFILIATE - $95.00 individual who meets one of the following requirements:

  1. an individual that is employed as a Paralegal, with less than 5 years employment as a Paralegal in British Columbia; or
  2. an individual that has successfully completed a Paralegal Program and is not currently employed as a Paralegal.  Please submit a copy of your certificate.  
  3. an individual that is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, or other Law Society at the discretion of the Board; or
  4. an individual that is a student member of an educational institution endorsing Paralegals.

 

CORPORATE - $200.00 must be an organization or corporation which supports the purposes of the Association.  This category is not intended for use as a replacement or substitute for individual paralegal memberships.

 

Members must abide by the BCPA Code of Ethics.

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