Benefits of being a member of the BCPA
Membership with the BCPA means access to professional development courses, networking opportunities and becoming part of a growing community of Paralegals.
Member Benefits include:
Professional Development Program
The BCPA offers 5 complimentary professional development courses throughout the year. The focus of the professional development courses is for members to remain current with the law. Courses are available province-wide by webinar and missed courses can be viewed later on the BCPA website.
The BCPA is working to increase the profile and advance the recognition of paralegals in BC. With the proposed immersion of the licensing of paralegals in BC by the Province and/or Law Society of BC, the BCPA will continue to provide key representation to government and governing bodies and across the province. Success is dependent on a strong membership base.
The BCPA’s annual survey of voting members compares salaries and benefits of paralegals across the Province and in all practice areas. Results are available to members only. This is a valuable tool when negotiating a raise or the details of a new job.
The "Paralegal Press" is published 3 times yearly and reports on BCPA activities, upcoming events, and our profession . The newsletter includes articles on topics of interest within the paralegal community (and the wider legal community), such as case law, procedural developments, and technological advances.
Regular emails alert members to the most recent employment opportunities, province-wide, on the BCPA website. These employment opportunities have been known to inspire a change in practice area and firm.
Events are for members only and provide a great opportunity to network, win great prizes and hear informative and engaging speakers. Events are held throughout the year in Vancouver, Victoria, the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan and provide members with valuable opportunities to gather and meet with people who share our distinctive professional experiences., and have some fun.
This is an exciting time for paralegals in BC! The BCPA encourages paralegals to take pride in their profession. The BCPA provides an opportunity for paralegals to meet their peers and network through events, the members only directory, and online forum. Members are encouraged to volunteer and to share their ideas to help shape your association. Our profession and our professional standing is changing. Only a strong and cohesive community wil guide that process.
BCPA Registered Paralegal Designation
Voting members, who maintain their membership in good standing, are eligible to use the trademarked designation “BCPA Registered Paralegal”.