Fort Worth Paralegal Association


FWPA has a Student Membership Class, which is open to students currently enrolled in a paralegal training program.  Click on the Application for Student Membership link below for an application and follow the instructions.

FWPA also has an interest in rewarding deserving paralegal students by offering up to $500.00 in scholarship funds.  These funds are available to FWPA members who are enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in a legal assistant or paralegal program.  Simply click on the Application for Scholarship link below to print a copy of the application and follow the instructions.  Please contact the Scholarship Committee Chair for information if you have any questions. 

Application for Scholarship

Application for Student Membership

(Access to applications above requires Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™)

FWPA Scholarship Committee also maintains a list of veteran paralegals to act as liaisons to student members.

Information About the Paralegal Profession

In order to gain a broad understanding of the paralegal profession, FWPA would like to direct you to several websites that are listed below containing detailed, thorough information about the functions of the paralegal profession. These sites provide excellent reference material.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations ( - Select "Getting Started" or "Professional Development" to locate "Roles and Responsibilities" and then select the topic handbook on Paralegal Professional Responsibilities.

National Association of Legal Assistants ( - Select "Paralegal Profession" topic to locate The Corporate Human Resource Guide to the Legal Assistant/Paralegal Profession.

Local Paralegal Programs

Please access the information below to gain an understanding of each school's curriculum, semester durations, tuition expenses, and program overviews:

Arlington Career Institute

Southeastern Paralegal Institute

Tarrant County College

Texas Wesleyan University

University of Texas at Arlington/Continuing Education 

Donna C. Patterson, Professor of Paralegal Studies, (817) 703-8727 |   UTA Registration: 817-272-2581, Fax: 817-272-2556


Golden Opportunity

We also strongly encourage student members to become involved in our Community Service Committee as a way for student members to interact with our veteran paralegal members. Contact the Community Service Chair for more information.