Charter Membership (Voting/Non-Voting)
Charter Members are those paralegals who have established their membership in the DPA by September 24, 1976. Charter Members shall not have voting, elective or representative privileges unless they meet the requirements for Full membership but shall be entitled to participate in the activities of the DPA. Yearly dues are $60.
Full Membership (Voting)
A Full Member is any person who is currently employed as a paralegal and (1) possesses a paralegal certificate from an American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program and has six months of work experience as a paralegal; or (2) has graduated from a two or four year accredited educational institution and has six months of work experience as a paralegal; or (3) has three years of work experience as a paralegal may become a Full member. Internships do not qualify as work experience. Full members shall have all voting, elective and representative privileges. Yearly dues are $60.
Associate Membership (Non-Voting)
An Associate Member is any person who has completed an American Bar Association-approved paralegal studies program leading to a position as a paralegal, OR has at least one year of work experience as a paralegal but who is not employed as such at the time of application for membership, OR is employed full-time as a paralegal but who has not yet met the work experience requirements for Full membership. Associate Members shall not have voting, elective or representative privileges but shall be entitled to participate in the activities of the DPA. Yearly dues are $45.
Student Membership (Non-Voting)
Monthly lecture luncheons are held on a variety of topics of interest in all three counties. Please check the Events page for dates, time and locations for all luncheons.
Continuing Legal Education
DPA sponsors various seminars and programs of interest to paralegals in all fields.
DPA publishes employment opportunities it receives from law firms, corporations and placement agencies throughout Delaware.
Members receive DPA's newsletter, The Reporter, 4 times per year. Current and past issues are available on the Newsletter page in the Members-Only section.
DPA holds an annual event to bring the legal community throughout the state together for an evening of fun and networking. The theme of these high-attendance events changes yearly, but previous highlights have included political comedians and impersonators, Monte Carlo nights, murder mysteries, art tours and wine tastings. DPA donates partial proceeds from each event to local law-related charities, organizations or programs. The DPA also holds other social functions several times during the year.
Seasoned paralegals are available to all new members to answer questions relating to DPA or other issues affecting paralegals in the workplace and the community.
DPA works with a number of courts and agencies to provide pro bono activities to its members. Visit our Pro Bono page for more information regarding these opportunities to get involved.
Discounted Tuition Rates
DPA partners with accredited Universities to offer members discounted tuition for continuing education courses.