Tennessee Paralegal Requirements & Resources
Becoming a Paralegal in Tennessee
Prospective paralegals may become a paralegal through on-the-job training opportunities or by pursuing a certificate program, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree because the State of Tennessee does not place any specific requirements on this profession.
Professional Paralegal Associations
Memphis Paralegal Association (MPA)
The Memphis Paralegal Association (“MPA”) was formed in April of 1982 to promote the paralegal profession in Memphis and the surrounding areas; to advance the educational standards of the profession; to educate employers regarding the role of paralegals; and to conduct seminars, research, and handle other work relative to the paralegal profession.
Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association (MTPA)
The Middle Tennessee Paralegal Association (“MTPA”) was formed for the purposes of furthering education among members of the paralegal profession; advancing, fostering and promoting the paralegal profession; encouraging a high order of ethical and professional attainment; providing service to the community; and establishing good fellowship among members of the paralegal profession in Nashville, Tennessee and its surrounding areas.
Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association (“SMPA”)
The Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association is a nonprofit association formed in 2005 to promote the paralegal profession in East Tennessee to a higher level. SMPA is an affiliated association of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA), and subscribe to NALA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. SMPA encourages development of the highest standards of service and ethical conduct in an effort to broaden public understanding of the paralegal profession. SMPA is composed of paralegals working in all areas of the law, students in recognized paralegal educational programs, and supporters of the paralegal profession who are interested not only in furthering their own professional development, but are also dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession as a whole.
Tennessee Paralegal Association
TPA is a nonprofit statewide professional association with
its membership comprised of persons who are employed as paralegals, students in recognized paralegal educational programs, and supporters of the paralegal profession. TPA sponsors two major seminars each year on a broad range of legal topics. Additionally, monthly meetings are conducted by local chapters in locations throughout the state, giving members the opportunity to hear speakers on a variety on legal issues.