Community of Paralegal Students, Professionals and Supporters
The Maryland Association of Paralegals is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of practicing paralegals, students enrolled in paralegal programs and entities interested in supporting the paralegal profession.
MAP is a registered 501(c)(6) charitable organization, by and for its members.
Formed in 1974, MAP works to advance the quality and standards of the legal profession. Members are required to practice in accordance with the MAP Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, adopted in 1996.
On November 17, 2011, the Board of Directors issued the following Position Statements hereby constitute the position of MAP with regard to each. The topics of the Position Statements include:
- Qualification Standards for Entry-Level Paralegal Positions in the State of Maryland
- Qualification Standards for Skilled and Experienced Paralegal Positions in the State of Maryland
- Short-Term Paralegal Programs
- Disqualification Criteria for Paralegals
The Code of Ethics calls on MAP members to increase the quality and efficiency of legal services, while recognizing our profession’s responsibility to the public, the legal community and colleagues.
MAP is affiliated with the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA®) and extends benefits of membership in both organizations to its members.
The MAP Mission
- Promote and protect the general professional interests of paralegals in Maryland
- Involve paralegals in the shaping of guidelines affecting the regulation and development of the paralegal profession
- Provide a forum for the exchange of view points on matters of professional interest
- Represent fairly both public and private section paralegal viewpoints and interests
- Foster continuing education and be a resource center for career enhancement and educational information
- Inform paralegals of national concerns/developments that affect the profession
Who are MAP Members?
MAP members are students enrolled in paralegal programs, practicing paralegals and entities that support the paralegal profession.
Our members live and work throughout the state of Maryland. They represent all areas of law – private and public sectors – and work as employees, independent contractors and freelance paralegals.
The Mentor Program
The MAP Mentor Program matches experienced paralegal mentors with paralegal students or paralegals that are new to their practice area, or paralegals that wish to learn about a new practice area, who are MAP members, to provide guidance related to the following areas, including but not limited to:
- Current information on the paralegal profession
- Career objectives
- Educational goals
- Resume review and interviewing tips
- Practice areas related paralegal duties
- Tips for obtaining a paralegal position
- The benefits of being a student member of a paralegal organization
Contact between mentors and mentees is largely conducted via e-mails and telephone calls. The Mentor Program Chair takes into consideration a mentee’s interests and goals prior to placement with a mentor in order to establish a productive mentor-mentee relationship.
The Mentor/Mentee relationship typically lasts for about one (1) year, however, participants are welcome to continue in the Program.
Please note that the Program is not a placement service nor job training service. Mentors share their expertise, but they do not recruit and they do not provide Mentees with legal advice.
If interested in participating in the Mentor Program, please fill out and return the application for assignment of a mentor or the application to volunteer to serve as a mentor. For further information, please contact the Mentor Program Chair at Mentor@MDparalegals.org.