Membership Benefits | BCPA

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 7 free professional development courses in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria, all of which contain a substantive component with the goal of promoting a higher level comprehension of the Rules, Statutes and the common law.  Legal Education also promotes critical thinking and analytical skills.  The goal is to remain current with the law.  Our PD courses are available province-wide by webinar.  Missed sessions can be viewed later on the BCPA website.
 

Preferred Pricing:

 

Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia (“CLEBC”), Trial Lawyers Association of BC (“TLABC”) and other organizations provide preferred pricing on courses and conferences to members of the BCPA.
 

Recognition:

The BCPA is working to advance the recognition of paralegals in BC through certification and/or occupational title protection which will help clarify the role and increase the profile of paralegals.  Success is dependent on a strong membership base.
 

Salary Survey:

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.
 

Newsletter:

The "Paralegal Press" is published 3 times yearly and reports on BCPA activities and upcoming events.  The newsletter includes articles on topics of interest within the legal community, such as case law, procedural developments, and technological advances.
 

Employment Opportunities:

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:

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.
 

Community:

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.
 

BCPA Registered Paralegal Designation:

 

Voting members, who maintain their membership in good standing, are eligible to use the designation “BCPA Registered Paralegal”.