Who We Are

CAPA is a statewide non-profit, mutual benefit corporation dedicated to the advancement of the paralegal profession and the proposition that paralegals gain strength through alliance.

CAPA represents California paralegals working in attorney- supervised settings and CAPA supports, encourages, and promotes an active relationship among its affiliated member associations, attorneys, national, state and local Bar Associations, and others in the legal community.

CAPA maintains statewide and national communications for the purpose of keeping all of its members current with information relating to the paralegal profession. CAPA also serves as a forum for the pooling and dissemination of varying opinions and professional experiences. CAPA affiliated members, by discussion and consensus, work together cooperatively and respectfully to achieve goals and to maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.

In order to maximize paralegals’ knowledge and expertise, CAPA supports formal education, training, continuing education, and voluntary competency testing including certified examinations.

By networking and sharing reciprocal resources, CAPA’s affiliated associations are presented with opportunities to participate in the development of concepts, issues, and objectives which will shape the direction of the paralegal profession for the ultimate benefit of the legal profession and the California public in general.


Exam Dates - 2020 on Exam Registration Page, Certification Tab - Certain CCP Exam Dates and Locations are postponed due to California Shelter in Place Order. 

CAPA has developed a state-specific, voluntary certification exam for California Paralegals. To be eligible to sit for the CCP Exam, you must first be in compliance with the provisions of BPC §6450 (a) (c) and (d) and meet certain program requirements. Download or refer to the CCP EXAM FAQ for all eligibility and exam information. CAPA does not require that you have any national certification prior to submitting your online Application and Registration form to sit for the CCP Exam.

Are you ready to apply and sit for the California Certified Paralegal Exam?

If you are not ready to commit to a date/location, get started by clicking on the CCP EXAM FAQ page and/or click on the CCP Study Guide page (you can order and purchase at any time), both are found on the Certification drop-down menu.

Also, CAPA's CCP Administration team provides information and opportunities for its CCPs, for California paralegals, to paralegal school programs or to your fellow colleagues through its CAPA CCP Insider webpage. There you will find CCP Exam dates/locations and related flyers, the upcoming Web-Series event (held monthly, also found on CAPA's Calendar), a directed Registration link for your convenience (register for one event or for all year) and join our CCP Insider mailing list for the e-newsletter that is sent once/twice a month (it is a Quick Link - Right-hand column). Set your professional career in a new direction - California certification with CAPA.

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Questions about Membership in CAPA

Can I become a member of CAPA?

CAPA is an alliance of paralegal associations through-out the State of California from Sacramento to San Diego. Each of those Member Associations provides you with the opportunity to be eligible for and participate in CAPA's benefits such as reciprocal member discounts to attend CAPA's affiliated association events (outside of your association), to attend CAPA annual/biennial events, access free professional development/leadership webinars through its GOAL program, receive a link to its quarterly RECAP publication, access statewide resources and services from its Sustaining Members and advertisers, receive reduced fees for CCP Exam registration and many other services. As a paralegal you must be a member of one of the current ten Member Associations listed and you can link to from the Member Associations tab above.

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