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MembershipYou can register online to become a member or attend any LAPA event. Click on “Member Login” or “Join LAPA Online” on the LAPA website, www.lapa.org
Regional and Networking SectionsLAPA has many opportunities for meeting and connecting with your paralegal colleagues and other legal industry professionals. Such opportunities include seminar and networking events based on geographical locations such as Downtown (LA), South Bay, and San Fernando Valley. Additionally, with the support of our legal industry partners, LAPA also hosts other networking events, mixers and social events.
Continuing Legal EducationLAPA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and offers continuing legal education seminars through our legal specialty sections. Those sections include Bankruptcy, Probate & Estate Planning, Family Law, Immigration Law, Corporate/Real Estate, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation, and more.
October ConferenceLAPA’s annual premiere event which provides a full day of topical legal educational seminars, an ethics session, entertaining keynote speakers, resume tune-up and access to a wide range of legal service providers. If you attend only one event a year, this is the event to get your CLE and networking opportunities.
Spring Career ConferenceOur half-day event is focused on providing paralegals with the tools to obtain that first position, transitioning into a new specialty or position or taking your career to the next level. This event features a variety of legal and placement industry panelists discussing a wide range of career building opportunities. Placement experts also provide feedback on your resume to maximize your career potential.
Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) Review CourseLAPA through its partnership with National University offers a review course for the CLA Exam offered by the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) for its professional credential. This six week course assists paralegals studying for the exam to refresh their specific knowledge in the various legal areas needed to master the CLA exam.
Community InvolvementLAPA is committed to helping the community through a variety of different programs including food and toy drives, a Pro Bono Fair, and our Holiday Benefit Gala. We have an active Pro Bono Section which provides information on the opportunities for volunteer positions and internships with community organizations. These organizations provide low or no cost legal services to those in need.
Career CenterPost your resume or search for a new job at LAPA’s Career Center online. This is your destination for exciting legal job opportunities and the best resource for qualified candidates. This job board is custom tailored for the legal industry and attracts the most qualified professionals in California.
ReporterOur monthly full color electronic publication packed with substantive legal articles, upcoming seminar information (dates, speakers, and highlights), local, state and national association information (LAPA, NALA), technology articles, general information articles, a Presidents’ Message, Letter from the Editor, Board and Association contact information, and the many legal service providers that support the Association with advertising.
NALA AffiliationLAPA is an affiliated member of the National Association of Legal Assistants. NALA is the nation’s leading professional association for paralegals. As a member of an affiliated association, the initiation fee for individual membership in NALA is waived for LAPA members. NALA boasts some of its own benefits. Access its NALA Campus Live for online continuing legal education, self study courses, and preparation for the CLA/CP Exam. Its annual educational convention in July allows you to expand your network beyond your state’s borders as you network with other paralegals from around the country, attend educational institutes and member related activities.
Freelance/Contract Paralegal ListingLAPA provides a “Freelance Paralegals” section on its website to assist LAPA members who are freelance, contract, or independent paralegals, as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 6450. For a nominal fee of $60, you can post your contact information on LAPA’s website for six months. You can sign up online through the Members Only section of the website.
Vital SavingsThis benefit provides LAPA members a discount program for dental and vision services, long term care, as well as many pharmaceuticals. LAPA has been able to obtain special pricing of Vital Savings discount cards through Aetna. By using the discount cards and Aetna approved providers, LAPA members can save dramatically on the services provided by these professionals. Pricing for the Vital Savings discount cards for LAPA members are as follows:
For more information and to order your Vital Savings discount cards, simply login, go to the Benefits webpage and follow the link provided.
Working AdvantageLAPA members may join a program that offers discounts up to 60% on tickets, travel, shopping, and more. LAPA helps you save money on items from clothing to theater tickets to flowers. This benefit is available by logging onto the LAPA website Members Only section.
United Insurance PartnersLAPA has teamed with UIP - United Insurance Partners - to bring LAPA members the opportunity to purchase health, dental, and/or vision insurance. When you access UIP through the link provided on the Benefits webpage, you will find an array of insurance products available for you to purchase with companies such as Blue Cross, Aetna, and many other top insurance companies. Simply login, go to the Benefits webpage and follow the link provided.
Membership DatabaseAvailable only to LAPA members, the Membership Database is a valuable tool in locating other paralegals or legal professionals you have worked or networked with. The Membership Database provides up to date contact information as well as specialty areas.
Credit UnionLAPA members are eligible to join Southland Credit Union. Southland Credit Union, with over $435 million in assets, offers an online presence, a new full-service branch in downtown Los Angeles, an upgraded ATM network and five new proprietary ATMs. Southland Credit Union has expanded its product line by introducing a new high-yielding certificate of deposit, a Rewards Plus program and a market-leading high interest yielding checking account. Southland Credit Union prides itself on outstanding service to its members and has recently earned a 95 percent Member Service satisfaction rating.
Lorman EducationLAPA is dedicated to providing cost-effective continuing education opportunities that meet the needs of our members and enhance their skills, knowledge, and competencies. LAPA has partnered with Lorman Education to provide continuing education in a variety of topic areas. LAPA members receive a 20% discount on all orders.
October 2015 LAPA ReporterClick here to view the LAPA newsletter.
LAPA Featured EventsLAPA’s 39th Annual October Conference
LAPA’s 39th Annual October Conference Description of Seminars
CLA/CP Review Courses
11-5-15 through 12-5-15
LAPA Holiday Benefit Gala 12-8-15
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Paralegal Day Certificate Received from the Los Angeles Mayor's Office
Los Angeles City Hall Gives LAPA a 40th Anniversary Resolution
Los Angeles City Hall Gives LAPA a 40th Anniversary Resolution
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