What is the AAPP?
The Association was originally formed in 1981 to provide recognition for Legal Assistants who wanted to be accredited for the independent work they performed. Senior legal assistants, with their vast knowledge and experience, filled an important support role of performing legal services as paralegals.
Our current Association consists of both Legal Assistants and Paralegals working under the supervision of a lawyer, judge or justice.
I am a legal assistant. Can I apply for membership?
Yes you can. As long as you have graduated from a recognized legal assistant program, you are eligible for a legal assistant membership with the AAPP.
What is the difference between a legal assistant and a paralegal?
Legal assistants perform administrative tasks (dictation, meeting/travel arrangements, filing, billing, etc.).
Paralegals work independently and perform substantive law work (drafting pleadings, interviewing clients, attending trials/hearings/questioning). Paralegals also bill their time to client files.
Are paralegals regulated in Alberta?
At present, paralegals are not regulated in Alberta. However, the AAPP is currently actively working on a bid to have the profession regulated.
If paralegals become regulated, what will that mean for the profession?
Regulation of paralegals means that all paralegals will be subject to a certification and licensing process. There will be minimum education requirements, and a certification exam. This will ensure quality of service and most importantly, protection of the public.
What are your membership fees?
Paralegal Membership - $100.00 per year
Legal Assistant Membership - $100.00 per year
Advisory Membership - $100.00 per year
Student Membership - $20.00 per year
How can I pay my membership dues?
The AAPP currently accepts Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, cheques and email money transfers.