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Our Mission

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.

Strategic Alliance Partners

The IPMA maintains relationships with numerous legal, legal management and paralegal associations. This section provides links to various law-related associations and information on the involvement of the IPMA and its members in the work of the Approval Commission of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Paralegals.

In addition, the IPMA co-sponsors the Legal C-Suite Summit each year with industry association partners, including the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Legal Marketing Association (LMA), and NALP—The Association for Legal Career Professionals.


ABA Site Visits

The IPMA supports quality paralegal education through its involvement with the Standing Committee on Paralegals of the American Bar Association (ABA-SCOP). The Standing Committee on Paralegals develops and promotes policies relating to the education, employment, training, and effective use of paralegals. The Standing Committee, through its Approval Commission, serves as the body to set standards for paralegal education. The Standing Committee monitors trends in the field and recommends for approval and reapproval to the House of Delegates (the ABA's policy-making body) those paralegal training programs that have met the standards and guidelines set by the ABA for quality paralegal education.

The IPMA holds a seat on the Approval Commission. Members of the association are often called upon to assist the commission with its site visit process for program approvals and reapprovals.

Members who have an interest in serving on a site visit team should review the ABA Site Visit FAQs, view the ABA Site Visit Webinar, and contact IPMA headquarters to be placed on the list provided to ABA-SCOP.


Law-Related Associations

The IPMA is your source to additional information about the legal profession. Please note that the links provided here are for informational purposes only. If you know of a link that would be appropriate in this listing, please let us know.