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Welcome to the Missouri Paralegal Association!

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As Missourians know, this is the “Show-Me State,” indicating our devotion to common sense – an excellent trait for any paralegal. In 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor estimated Missouri to have over 4,600 paralegals and legal assistants working in the state.

The profession is also considered to have a much faster-than-average employment growth with an expected twenty-eight percent (28%) increase in the next 10 years. Common sense would dictate that the Missouri Paralegal Association is beneficial for such a large, growing group of workers.

The Missouri Paralegal Association (MPA) is a professional organization established in 1987. We are an association committed to the preservation and continued growth of the paralegal profession and are an affiliate of The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).

The purpose of the Missouri Paralegal Association is to serve paralegals and to advance the paralegal profession by:

  • Developing and advancing the highest quality standards for education, ethical responsibility and professionalism;
  • Serving as a unified voice for Missouri paralegals;
  • Promoting the independence and self-direction of the paralegal profession;
  • Monitoring, supporting and participating in changes and developments in the paralegal profession on local, state, national and international levels;
  • Increasing the knowledge of the public, the judiciary, and the legal community regarding the paralegal profession; and
  • Advancing, fostering and promoting the paralegal profession.

As a paralegal belonging to the Missouri Paralegal Association, you have chosen to be a paralegal as your career, not just as a job.

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For more information on how to become a member, click on the “Join MPA” tab of this website.

MPA Annual Seminar

MPA hosts a seminar each year which offers extensive legal education and continuing legal education opportunities for our members.

Careers/Job Bank:

MPA members have access to current job openings that are specifically targeted to paralegal professionals in Missouri.

MPA Today:

Get involved! Involvement in MPA looks great on your resume and connects you to a strong network. Committee positions are available for budget, membership, programs, elections, public relations, etc. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Kathy Widman at kathywidman120@gmail.com for more information.

Get your CLEs!

Check with your local bar association – many are offering CLEs now. SmartPros offers discounted CLE packages for members. Check the NFPA website for more information.

Selected photos © Rufus Harmon, 2019, used with permission.

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We just received a great question! What is "typical" dress code at paralegal social events?

The answer: it depends.

If it's an after work function during the week, business casual is common. If it's a BBQ at park, shorts/jeans are normal. If the social event is a holiday or major celebration, it's dressy, or sometimes even cocktail attire.

Consider the venue: is it being held at a sports bar or tapas place downtown? Are any activities being planned that would require comfortable shoes (such as a scavenger hunt or dancing)?

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below.
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2 weeks ago

We just received a great question! What is typical dress code at paralegal social events? 

The answer: it depends. 

If its an after work function during the week, business casual is common. If its a BBQ at  park, shorts/jeans are normal. If the social event is a holiday or major celebration, its dressy, or sometimes even cocktail attire. 

Consider the venue: is it being held at a sports bar or tapas place downtown? Are any activities being planned that would require comfortable shoes (such as a scavenger hunt or dancing)? 

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below.
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