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The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. Its mission is to advocate for the effective use and management of these professionals, to promote and enhance the proficiency and professionalism of its members, and to provide thought leadership to the membership, the legal industry and the public at large on the value of utilization and management of paralegals and other practice support professionals.

IPMA Membership FAQ

Why should I join the IPMA?
 
How can the IPMA help my career?
 
When can I start to use my membership?
 
Who can join the IPMA?
 
How do I join the IPMA?
 
How can I pay my dues?
 
What committees does the IPMA have?
 
How do I join a committee?
 
Where is the IPMA located?
 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I join the IPMA?
The International Practice Management Association is the premier resource for information and education on the management of paralegals and other practice support professionals in law firms and law departments globally. With the IPMA you can fine-tune your managerial skills through professional development programming focused around current and emerging legal industry trends.
 
How can the IPMA help my career?
The IPMA has developed many resources to steer new and experienced paralegal and practice support managers along a path of professional success. Our most valued resource, by far, is the networking you have with other members. You have the chance to connect on a regular basis with people from all over North America that face the same problems and issues that you do on a day-to-day basis. With the help of IPMA Affinity Groups, you’re able to speak quarterly about topics that you focus on in your job.
 
The IPMA also offers many online management resources like the New Manager Starter Kit, Job Descriptions, and the Annual Compensation Survey Report. The IPMA publishes management-related articles and articles on current trends and issues in paralegal/practice support management. This member benefit can be found on the IPMA website under management resources. Free webinars on many different topics will provide you with professional education. All recorded webinars are available on our website as an additional resource.
 
When can I start to use my membership?
Your membership is valid when you submit your membership application. Even if you choose to send in your membership dues via check, your membership will begin when you submit your application. Just make sure dues are submitted in a timely manner to avoid any interruption in your membership benefits.
 
Who can join the IPMA?
Membership in the International Practice Management Association is available to paralegal managers and other practice support managers in law firms, corporations, government, judicial, or legal agencies. Membership is also available to those individuals who may be otherwise involved in practice support management, or who serve as providers of services and products of interest to practice support managers.
 
How do I join the IPMA?
To join the IPMA, please visit www.theipma.org/join. Here, you can access the online membership application or the printable PDF membership application for all membership types.
 
How can I pay my dues?
Membership dues can be submitted online when you fill out the membership application, mailed to IPMA Headquarters, or submitted by phone. As a member of the IPMA, you can login to your online account and pay renewal dues from there.
 
What committees does the IPMA have?
The IPMA offers several committees to help ensure that the IPMA continues to be an industry leader. To read more about each committee and what they do, please visit www.theipma.org/committees.
 
IPMA Committees:
Membership Committee
Annual Conference Program Committee
Management Resources Committee
Compensation Survey Advisory Board
Emerging Trends Committee
Communications Committee
Awards Committee
Nominations Committee
Business Partner Advisory Panel
 
How do I join a committee?
If you’d like to join a committee, please login to your IPMA online account, select Your Account and then Committees & Groups. From this page, you will be able to join any committee, affinity group, or chapter.
 
Where is the IPMA located?
IPMA members are located all over the United States and Canada. We have 24 Chapters throughout North America. IPMA Headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia.