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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to all institutions that promote the purposes of AAfPE, but do not yet qualify for Institutional membership. This is a non-voting membership category. Associate Members shall demonstrate their dedication to the purposes of AAfPE by providing evidence of:

  • A well-designed curriculum with a logical sequence of courses that emphasize interactive learning and assignments that teach practical job-related skills in conjunction with underlying legal theory.
  • A learning environment that provides access to legal research library facilities and quality classrooms that provide opportunities for interaction among students and between students and the instructor.
  • A faculty which consists of legal professionals or other qualified persons in good standing in their profession who possess the necessary expertise and experience in their subject area and who have experience working as or with paralegals.
  • Advertise their programs in an ethical manner and in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Provide adequate release time or other compensation for their program director and administrative support for the program director to develop, monitor and accomplish the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Provide student services that include academic counseling and career information and counseling.

NOTE: Associate Members are prohibited from using AAfPE membership for advertisement or endorsement purposes.

Benefits include: Access to the association listserv for answers to pressing questions and shared ideas with colleagues; a subscription to The Legal Educator magazine, which is published one to two times a year; the ability to establish a chapter of Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), the national honor society founded by AAfPE; access to the ever-expanding Members Only area of the AAfPE website, including the online membership directory, full-text articles from The Legal Educator, and access to the Electronic Resource Library, a repository of new information, resources, and tools to assist you in program direction.

Dues are $495 annually (January 1 – December 31)

Download the Associate membership application  

There is also an initial one-time $50 application processing fee for this category for new schools.

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