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The International Practice Management Association (IPMA) is the primary source of information and education for managers in law firms, corporations, and law departments. We provide an inclusive community that promotes and enhances the proficiency and professionalism of our members. We deliver practical resources and cutting-edge solutions on the value and management of professionals in the legal environment.

How to Join

Membership in the IPMA is available to all practice support managers and paralegal 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 educators for and providers of services and products of interest to practice support managers. Check out the list of membership qualifications.




New Member Discounts

IPMA Offers Several Categories of Membership

The IPMA reserves the right to request a job description, if it is deemed necessary, to process the application and/or determine the correct membership category.

All IPMA dues, including discounted dues, are based on a calendar year ending December 31. Click here to read the IPMA's refund policy. Please contact IPMA Headquarters if you need a Membership Application in PDF Format. 

Regular ˅

For those who manage or supervise paralegals, practice support personnel, and other non-attorney timekeepers.

  • Open to any qualified person who is employed by a private law firm, corporate in-house legal department, government, judicial or administrative agency, court system, or other charitable legal agency.
  • Applicant must be responsible for managerial and administrative duties specifically related to practice support personnel employed by the organization, regardless of the title by which the person is classified within the organization.
  • Practice support professionals can include paralegals, project assistants, litigation support personnel, docketing clerks, contract lawyers, nurse consultants, government relations consultants, and other professionals who have received specialized training and/or education to assist lawyers and legal departments and who are responsible for generating revenue or would otherwise be responsible for generating revenue if they were working in a law firm.
  • Duties may be either personally performed or delegated to others, but must include at least five of the duties described in the membership application.
  • Regular Members are eligible to vote and hold elective or appointed office.

2021 DUES:
$360 USD
$200 USD Non-Profit Rate

Apply Online - Regular Membership
Apply Online - Non-Profit Regular Membership

Enterprise Membership ˅

Up to 10 Regular Members from the same organization can now join for a flat rate of $1,800. After the first 10 Regular Members, each additional Regular Member can join at a discounted rate of 50% off Regular membership rates, PLUS an unlimited number of Affiliate or Associate Members can join at no charge. The Enterprise membership will apply to organizations with international offices as well.


ENTERPRISE MEMBER RATE: $1,800 

Email headquarters to setup an Enterprise Membership.

Associate ˅

For non-managerial paralegals and other practice support professionals, attorneys or administrators.

  • Open to any individual who does not meet the requirements of Regular membership and who is a paralegal or other practice support professional, attorney, or in-house administrator employed by a private law firm, corporate in-house legal department, government, judicial or administrative agency, court system, or charitable legal agency. Practice support professionals may include paralegals, project assistants, litigation support personnel, docketing clerks, contract lawyers, nurse consultants, government relations consultants, and other professionals who have received specialized training and/or education to assist lawyers and legal departments and who are responsible for generating revenue or would otherwise be responsible for generating revenue if they were working in a law firm.
  • An individual involved in bar association activities related to paralegal training or management.
  • An executive of a professional association involved in activities related to paralegal and other practice support professional training or management. A professional association may not have more than one executive designated for membership.
  • Associate Member applicants must be responsible for no less than three duties as listed on the membership application.

Associate Members are not entitled to vote or run for elective or appointed office.

Subject to the provisions of the IPMA's Policies & Procedures Manual and with the approval of the Board, Associate Members may hold a Committee Chair, Task Force Chair, or Chapter Chair position and shall have all rights and privileges prescribed by the Association's policies and procedures.

Consultants, service providers, and employees of service providers may not become Associate Members of the Association, even if they meet the criteria for this class of membership.

2021 DUES: $310 USD

Apply Online - Associate Membership


 

Affiliate ˅

For aspiring managers in the legal field.

  • Open to any individual who does not meet the requirements of Regular or Associate membership who is seeking training and a network for career development.

Affiliate Members shall have access to specified IPMA resources. They shall be able to access all information on the Association website, be able to attend Affinity Group calls and webinars, and be eligible for membership discounts for Managerial Skills, the Annual IPMA Conference and Expo, or similar Association educational activities. Affiliate Members shall not be eligible to attend Chapter or Committee meetings without prior approval of the Chapter or Committee Chair and any Regular Member from the same organization who regularly attends that meeting. However, Chapters may invite Affiliate Members to social and/or community service activities or any local educational activities from which they would benefit. Learn more about this membership here.

2021 DUES: $149 USD

Apply Online - Affiliate Membership

Academic ˅

For educators of paralegals and other practice support personnel.

  • Applicant must be employed as a program director, assistant director or educator of paralegals and other practice support personnel.
  • Open to any individual or institution who does not meet the requirements of Regular, Associate, or Business Partner membership, but who is supportive of the purposes of the Association.
  • Must be affiliated with an ABA approved paralegal program, or a program that is in substantial compliance with the ABA Guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs and accredited by a nationally-recognized accrediting agency; or, in Canada, a nationally-recognized provincial or territorial accredited program; or, outside the United States and Canada, a program accredited by or in substantial compliance with the guidelines set by an organization equivalent to the ABA, law society or provincial or territorial bar association.
  • Academic Members are not entitled to vote or to run for elective or appointed office. See the application form for details. 
Academic Members may, with the approval of the Board, hold a Committee Chair, Task Force Chair, or Chapter Chair position and shall have all rights and privileges prescribed by the IPMA bylaws.

2021 DUES: $225 USD

Apply Online - Academic Membership

Emeritus ˅

Emeritus membership in the Association shall be open to any individual who does not meet the requirements of any other membership category.

  • Must have been a Regular Member for two years; and
  • Must have been a manager of paralegals or other practice support professionals for a minimum of five years.

2021 DUES: $50 USD

Apply Online - Emeritus Membership
 


New Member Discounts: Referral Program

MEMBERS: REFER A NEW COLLEAGUE AND THE NEW MEMBER GETS 50% OFF!

For 2021, the IPMA will again offer its "Membership Referral" campaign as a simple and fun way to increase the ranks of the IPMA. New first-time members (or those who haven't been members in at least three years) qualify for a special introductory dues rate of 50% off in 2021 when referred by a current member! To take advantage of this special offer, use the appropriate promotional code in the new member application process.

Promocode(s):
                      HALFOFF21 (Regular)
                      HALFOFF-AS (Associate)
                      HALFOFF-AF (Affiliate)
                      HALFOFF-AC (Academic)
                      HALFOFF-NR (Non-profit Regular)


Please keep in mind that promocodes only work for Individual Memberships and only work on 2021 membership dues. If you use the wrong promocode, you will be invoiced for the difference.

Non-business partner members who recruit new members will be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. Your chances of winning increase with each new member you recruit.

Get started today! The deadline to be entered in the drawing is October 1, 2021. See Recruiting Tools for lists of prospective members.