A Professional Contributes to the Profession

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals notes that

Volunteering time enables members to experience the satisfaction of contributing to their professional association. Committee participation gives PAP members the opportunity to network with other area paralegals. Furthermore, working on various committees contributes to the growth and professionalism of the paralegal field.

While it is possible to maintain professionalism without belonging to a professional association, I highly recommend joining in some fashion with other members of your profession. A professional paralegal should:

  • Become involved in professional associations
    • Be active in a local branch of the National Association of Legal Assistants or similar groups.
    • Subscribe to paralegal listservs and participate in discussions.
    • Read, learn from and contribute to publications designed for paralegal
    • Become certified by your organization
    • Attend seminars and conference, especially those that include continuing legal education credit. (Excerpted from The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient and Professional.)

Certainly, participating as a member of association committees is a welcome addition to this list!

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