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Paralegal Associate Membership ~ Vermont Bar Association

Vermont Bar Association Associate Membership

Under the Vermont Bar Association (“VBA”) Constitution, paralegals who are voting members, in good standing, of the Vermont Paralegal Organization, or who are certified as paralegals by a Vermont attorney according to standards adopted by the Board of Managers*, may become associate non-voting members of the Vermont Bar Association upon application and approval by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Managers present and voting at any Board of Managers Meeting, and upon payment to the Treasurer of the Association dues.  

* Standards Adopted by the Board of Managers for Associate Membership in the Vermont Bar Association

For the purposes of associate membership, the following definition of a paralegal/legal assistant shall apply:

A paralegal/legal assistant is a person qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.  Associate membership is open to paralegals/legal assistants who meet the following criteria:

 1.   The paralegal/legal assistant has not been convicted of the unauthorized practice of law in any state.

 2.   The paralegal/legal assistant meets one of the following educational criteria:

       a.   A baccalaureate degree, plus completion of an educational program for paralegals, plus 6 months in-house paralegal training; or

      b.   An associate’s degree (or equivalent number of credit hours), plus completion of an educational program for paralegals, plus 1 year in-house paralegal training; or

      c.   An associate’s degree with concentration in paralegal studies, plus 1 year in-house paralegal training; or

      d.   A high school diploma, plus completion of an educational program for paralegals, plus 2 years in-house paralegal training; or

      e.   A baccalaureate degree, plus 1 year in-house paralegal training; or

      f.   An associate’s degree (or equivalent number of credit hours), plus 2 years in-house paralegal training; or

      g.   A high school diploma, plus 4 years in-house paralegal training.

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