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Membership

WDALA's membership consists of paralegals and legal assistants from 29 counties, comprising the western half of North Dakota.

Membership in WDALA provides networking opportunities and continuing legal education programs. Join today and learn how teamwork can be the key to a successful career!

Download our membership application here

2017-18 Membership Renewal Form

Membership applications and renewals should be sent to:
Melissa Hamilton, ACP
WDALA President
6900 Crested Butte Road
Bismarck, ND 58503

Membership Categories

  • ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP (voting privileges)
    Active membership is open to any individual who meets at least one of the following requirements:
    • Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination of NALA, or
    • Any individual who has graduated from an ABA Approved Program of Study for Legal Assistants, or
    • Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for legal assistants which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours (equivalent of 90 quarter hours) of classroom study, or
    • Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for legal assistants other than those set forth in (b) and (c) above, plus not less than six months of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant, or
    • Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus not less than six months in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant, or
    • Any individual who has a minimum of three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six months of in-house training as a legal assistant, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant, or
    • Any individual who has a minimum of two years in-house training as a legal assistant whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a legal assistant. *For those applying under sections (b) or (c) above, please attach copy of transcript.
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (non-voting):
    • Any individual who is actively working as a legal assistant but who has not achieved active membership status.
  • STUDENT MEMBERSHIP (non-voting):
    • Any individual pursuing a full-time course of study as a legal assistant whose program director or instructor will attest that such person is currently enrolled in the legal assistant course at said school.
  • SUSTAINING MEMBERSHIP (non-voting):
    • Any individual, law firm, corporation, member of bar association, and member of the educational field who endorses the legal assistant concept and is involved in the promotion of the legal assistant possession.

Download our membership application.

To learn more about the benefits of membership, download our brochure. You may also view and download our Bylaws and Standing Rules.

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