LEX – National Honor Society for Paralegal Students

LEX (Lambda Epsilon Chi) is a national honor society for paralegal students. According to AAfPE (American Association for Paralegal Education):

The purpose of LEX is to recognize students who have demonstrated superior academic performance in an established program of paralegal/legal assistant studies offered at an institution that is an AAfPE Institutional Member in good standing.

 If you are a paralegal student chances are you attend an AAfPE Institutional Member. (There are 346 of them.) Check with your institution to see if it has a LEX chapter and, if so, what the criteria are for induction. According to AAfPE,

A student is eligible for induction into LEX if the student:
• Has completed not less than two-thirds of the program requirements to complete such program as determined by the institution; and
• Has demonstrated superior academic performance by achieving an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

The institution may establish any other additional criteria necessary to qualify for their Chapter so long as the above criteria are met. These may include, but are not limited to:
• 3.5 or higher grade point average in paralegal/legal assistant program specialty courses
• Evidence of community service
• Writing an Essay

If your institution does not have a chapter, ask them to set one up. It is easy to do and AAfPE will be happy to assist. Becoming a member of LEX is a good first step on the way to professionalism and a good addition to your resume.

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