Welcome to RIPA
The Rhode Island Paralegal Association is the official organization for legal support professionals from across the Ocean State. This website has been created to help you navigate all RIPA has to offer - paralegal job postings, networking and educational events, helpful colleagues from a plethora of practice areas, and so much more.
Also, click on "ParaJournal" to view the current issue and archive of our quarterly newsletter, filled with timely articles and news from RIPA and its members.
Not a member? Easy! Under "Membership," you'll find our concise Membership Application, as well as descriptions of our different membership levels and a list of the benefits of joining RIPA.
Join us for our Annual Holiday Trip to New York City - December 7!
November 25, 2013
What Is a Paralegal?
As defined by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, a paralegal is a person, qualified through education, training or work experience, to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. For example, work requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and communication of relevant facts and legal concepts.
This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform this work.
RIPA and NFPA - over 30 years of membership
Since 1982, RIPA has been a voting member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA).
For more information about the NFPA, please visit paralegals.org.