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.

The definition of a paralegal according to the BCPA Bylaws is as follows:

“Paralegal” means a person with education, training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law, who is employed or retained by or for the purposes of working with a Member of the Law Society in a capacity or function which involves the performance of legal work, under the ultimate direction and guidance of a Member of the Law Society, or duties of specifically-delegated substantive legal work which requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that in the absence of a the paralegal the Member of the Law Society would perform.

Membership Categories & Requirements

Our memberships run from January 1st to December 31st and are not pro-rated. Memberships purchased on October 1st or later will be for the rest of the current calendar year and all of the following calendar year (i.e., October 1st, 2018 – December 31st, 2019), apart from student memberships which roll over will start from September 1st.

 

VOTING MEMBER CATEGORIES, QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:


              VOTING MEMBER - $95.00

The individual 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 and the written acknowledgement to be bound by the Code of Ethics  and the Bylaws of the Association, which are available upon completing the registration process online or on request.

OR

The individual MUST be currently employed as a paralegal and have a minimum of five (5) years of employment as a Paralegal in British Columbia.


REQUIREMENT:  Applicant's supervising lawyer must declare in writing the number of years the Applicant has been employed as a paralegal by the firm and the written acknowledgement to be bound by the Code of Ethics  and the Bylaws of the Association, both of which are available upon completing the registration process online, or on request.

             Registrations received after October 1st will be valid through to the end of the following year.

 

NON-VOTING MEMBER CATEGORIES, QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS:


STUDENT - $25.00

The 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 declaration by the Program Director and the written acknowledgement to be bound by the Code of Ethics and the Bylaws of the Association, which are available upon completing the registration process online or on request.

Registrations received after September 1st will be valid through to the end of the following year.

 

AFFILIATE - $95.00

The individual MUST meet one of the following requirements:

  1. an individual that is currently employed as a Paralegal, with less than five (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; or
  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.
     

REQUIREMENT:  Must submit documentation to support either 1., 2., 3. or 4. above, along with a written acknowledgement to be bound by the Code of Ethics and the Bylaws of the Association. The supervising lawyer declaration and written acknowledgement are available upon completing the registration process online or on request.

Registrations received after October 1st will be valid through to the end of the following year.

 

CORPORATE - $325.00

Corporate membership are for organizations or corporations which support the purposes of the Association.  This category is not intended to be used by firms as a replacement or substitute for individual paralegal memberships.

Registrations received after October 1st will be valid through to the end of the following year.
 

Members must abide by the BCPA Code of Ethics.

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