Online Application

Complete and submit the form below to establish your new member profile.  DAPA members (current or former members) and existing guest account holders should NOT use this form!  Use the renewal form Once you submit this form you'll be presented the option to pay for your membership application via credit or debit card. 

For Voting/Non-Voting members, you will receive an email from the Executive Director requesting copies of  the following:

  • Copy of your college degree or transcript (if applicable)
  • Copy of your paralegal certificate (if applicable)
  • Copy of your PACE, PCCE, CP, or TBLS certification (if applicable)
  • Resume, including your current employment summary 

Your membership application is not complete until payment and any backup documents are received!

The user id and password you enter now will be used to establish your account in a PENDING status.  You will not be able to use these credentials for subsequent logons until we receive and process your application and payment, typically within three (3) business days after receipt.  We will send you an email confirming your membership or otherwise contact you should we have questions about your application.

As described in detail on our criteria page, DAPA has 5 types of memberships: Voting, Non-Voting, Student, Emeritus and Sustaining.  Hovever, we don't accept new applications for Emeritus membership.  Current or past members can renew/reapply as an Emeritus member.

Member Type

Applying As

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Preferred Mailing Address

Select the address we should use for any mailings via the Post Office.  For emergency contact purposes, we ask that you provide us with both your work and home addresses.

The address fields that correspond to your Preferred Address selection are required fields.  Use your home address info in both the work and home fields if not employed or you work from home.

Work Address

Home Address


Preferred Email

Select the email address we should use for any required administrative emails associated with your membership, event registrations, etc.  The email field that corresponds to the Preferred Email selection is a required field.

Other Information

Optional Selections

Committees Sections

Our Terms and Conditions for Use

If applying as a Voting member, I certify that I work under the direct supervision of a Texas licensed attorney and perform specifically delegated substantive legal work, and that a licensed attorney is responsible for my (Applicant's) work product; OR I am a freelance paralegal who has performed specifically delegated substantive legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney.

If applying as a Student member, I hereby apply for student membership with DAPA.  I hereby certify that I am currently enrolled in an accredited Texas paralegal program leading to a degree or certificate of completion.  I hereby give my consent for a representative of DAPA to contact the administrator of this program for verification or clarification of my qualifications for membership, and I understand that if any information submitted in this application is false, it will be grounds for denial of my application.

Applicants agree to be bound by the DAPA Bylaws, and the statements on the application are true and correct.  If a member violates DAPA's Bylaws and/or Code of Ethics, DAPA reserves the right to terminate that membership immediately with all membership dues forfeited.

Our Terms and Conditions for Use contains important information governing your use of this site and our privacy policy.  To become and remain a registered user you must agree to these terms and conditions.

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