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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, corporations 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 Qualifications

Membership is available to any individual employed by a law firm, corporate in-house legal department, government, judicial or administrative agency, court system, or charitable legal agency who meets the criteria required by the selected membership level. For this application, 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.
 

Duties & Responsibilities

For Regular Membership, you must indicate at least five duties in at least two categories of responsibilities AND your answer to Question 3 must be 1 or greater.
For Associate Membership you must indicate at least three duties in at least two categories of responsibilities.
For Affiliate Membership you must indicate at least two of the duties listed below.

 
Personnel Administration:
□ Recruiting and Interviewing
□ Orientation
□ Job description
□ Training and Development
□ Benefits administration
□ Approval of CLE
□ Performance Evaluation
□ Temporary staffing
□ Classification of practice support professionals
□ Employee Relations
□ Discipline and Termination
 
Financial Management:
□ Budget Planning/ forecasting/ preparation
□ Other financial analyses beyond mere record keeping
□ Salary administration
□ Preparation of financial reports
□ Establishment of billing rates
 
Policy and Procedures:
□ Delegation of work assignments
□ Coordination of work flow
□ Preparation of office manuals/handbooks
□ Training of personnel
□ Strategic and target planning
□ Organizational Development
□ Development of systems, policies, or procedures
 
Technology:
□ Review, evaluation, recommendation, and implementation of systems that facilitate practice support professional tasks
□ Training practice support professionals on technology systems