Upon application to the State Bar, Section membership will be granted to those who meet one or more of the following criteria:
an attorney and member of the State Bar of Montana;
any person who meets the definition of Paralegal as defined in Mont. Code Ann. §25-10-301, et.seq. (2009, effective October 1, 2009 as amended);
those who have graduated from an ABA approved paralegal program;
those who have an associate or bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from a college or university;
a Certified Legal Assistant (current status as CP or ACP being maintained with National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc.);
a paralegal education from an ABA-approved paralegal program or an institution approved by the Section Council;
those people who have been a practicing paralegal for more than one year who qualify to be paralegals by experience or other training can also join the Section if an attorney licensed to practice in Montana attests to his or her qualifications as a paralegal.
Paralegals joining the Section will have to sign a statement that they will be bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct; they will also have to affirm that they do not provide legal services directly to the public. To continue membership after the first year, Section members will have to accrue 10 approved CLE credits annually.