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SETAP
SUSTAINING MEMBERS
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Stratos Legal




Team Legal


Membership

SETAP welcomes application from all prospective members.  To apply for SETAP membership, complete the application form and mail it with your payment to the address provided on the application.  A link to the application form in PDF format is located below.

Membership in SETAP shall consist of four classes:  Active, Associate, Student, and Sustaining.

Application for New Membership (pdf format)
Renewal Application (pdf format)
ByLaws Of SETAP (pdf format)

a.    Active Members

A person who is eligible for Active Membership shall be a paralegal or legal assistant who is qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision, and who is:

currently employed as a paralegal or self-employed as a freelance paralegal in addition to one of the following qualifications:

1.  Successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA)/Certified Paralegal (CP) examination of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., plus six months of in-house training as a paralegal under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney; or

2.  Graduated from an ABA approved program of study for paralegals, plus six months of in-house training as a paralegal under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney; or

3.  Graduated from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited, but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study, plus six months of in-house training as a paralegal under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney.  No home study, video, or correspondence course will be accepted; or

4.  Graduated from a course of study for paralegals other than those set forth in items 2 or 3 above, plus not less than six months in-house training as a paralegal under the direct supervision of a duly licensed attorney.  No home study, video, or correspondence courses will be accepted; or

5.  A bachelor degree in any field, plus not less than six months in-house training as a paralegal; or

6.  A minimum of three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six months in-house training as a paralegal; or

7.  Two years in-house training as a paralegal.

Freelance Members

A person who is eligible for Freelance Membership shall be a paralegal or legal assistant who is qualified through education, training, or work experience, employed by a lawyer, government, or other entity, whose substantive legal work, requires sufficient knowledge of legal concepts, is performed under attorney supervision and who meets one of the above qualifications.

b.    Associate Members

A person who is eligible for Associate Membership shall:

1.  Be directly involved in the supervision of paralegals.

2.  Have successfully completed a course of study as a paralegal and not presently employed as a paralegal.  Upon graduation, student members need not re-apply for associate membership however, re-application must be made foractive status.

3.  Be presently employed as a paralegal, but have not been so employed for six months or

4.  Be interested in the paralegal profession.

c.    Student Members

A person who is eligible for Student Membership shall be a person who is a student in good standing at any university, college, junior college or other institution or post-secondary school pursuing a course of study as a paralegal.  No home study, video, or correspondence courses will be accepted.  Upon graduation, student members need not re-apply to upgrade to associate membership, however re-application must be made for active status.

d.    Sustaining Members

A person/entity eligible for Sustaining Membership shall be any law firm, corporation, institutionally accredited or ABA approved paralegal program interested in supporting the purposes and goals of the Southeast Texas Association of Paralegals.  Sustaining members shall not be entitled to vote, hold office, or serve in a voting capacity on a committee unless otherwise qualifying for membership.