The Pittsburgh Paralegal Association is a voluntary, non-profit association formed in 1977 to promote the professional development and continuing education of paralegals.  PPA has members from the greater Pittsburgh and surrounding areas and from all areas of law, including law firms, banks, corporations, hospitals and educational institutions.



The Benefits of Membership

The benefits of membership in PPA are numerous and include free lunchtime seminars and CLE programs, access to our job bank, pro bono programs and great networking opportunities.  Members also receive our quarterly newsletter, The Parascope, which contains local and national news regarding the paralegal profession. Membership also provides membership to NFPA, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations. 

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What is a Paralegal?

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.  This person may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, government agency or other entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or court authority to perform the work.

Coming to our next event?

Are you a recent graduate, a soon-to-be graduate, someone looking for a job or just want to refresh your job searching skills?  Best practices in job searching are changing fast!  Join PPA on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Reed Smith Center, for a job search seminar with Debra Pfeifer, Esq of Thomson Reuters and March Welsh and Mary Loftus both from Special Counsel. There will be a discussion on getting from the job posting to the personal interview.   Food and beverages will be provided.  Click here to register to attend.