Enjoy Three for the Price of One


The CMBA offers a joint membership with the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP). Through this agreement, paralegals enjoy TRIPLE membership for one rate: CMBA, CAP and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.

Join or Renew Now!

You can join or renew today in any one of 3 ways:

1. Join online.

2. Download your membership application and send it to us by email, fax or mail. You are also welcome to drop it off at the CMBA anytime.

3. Call now. (216) 696-3525

CAP’s fiscal and membership year runs from July 1 of each year and expires on June 30 of the following year. Membership dues are not otherwise prorated throughout the year. Dues are non-refundable and non-transferable.

CAP Membership Types*

Multiple types of paralegal membership are available. 

Voting Member ($115)

  • must have received a degree with paralegal studies component; or
  • has a minimum of three years experience as a practicing paralegal; and
  • currently employed performing 51% paralegal work

Associate Member ($95)

  • graduate of paralegal program but not currently eligible to be voting member; or
  • former voting member who does not meet requirements of a practicing paralegal; or
  • is an Allied Legal Professional paralegal manager who does not meet the requirements of a practicing paralegal, or
  • is an Allied Legal Professional

Student ($55)

  • currently enrolled in accredited paralegal training program and attending either part-time or full-time, courses in paralegal studies at an institutionally accredited school

Educator ($85)

  • an individual at an educational institution interested in supporting CAP

Sustaining ($220) (including Vendor Membership)

  • a individual at a corporation, organization or firm interested in supporting CAP

*All new and renewal applications will be reviewed for proper credentialing on an annual basis. Each category of membership shall consist of all qualified members in good standing who are not incarcerated nor have been convicted of a felony, who have properly submitted an application, and who have paid the applicable annual membership dues.

More About Membership Benefits

A joint CAP-CMBA membership provides you the opportunity for participation in the Bar Association sections, pro bono and community outreach programs, members-only events, plus subscriptions to all NFPA, CAP and CMBA publications: The NewsCAPsule, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, National Paralegal Reporter, NFPA’s e-newsletter “NFPA News,” CAP’s monthly upcoming events email, and the CMBA’s “Bar Briefs” and other e-communications.

When you analyze the full value of membership, it is easy to see why CAP-CMBA membership is an essential part of your profession. 

  • Promote and expand the paralegal profession
  • Network with other paralegal professionals, locally, nationally and through CAP’s social networking opportunities (Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn) and opportunities through the CMBA
  • Free CAP Lunch and Learns (NFPA CLE credit sometimes offered)
  • Paralegal mentoring
  • Leadership opportunities
  • CAP’s website and Job Board
  • Develop and further define paralegal job responsibilities
  • New NFPA PACE and PCC Test scholarships
  • CMBA online job board for searching and resume posting
  • Advocate the effective utilization of paralegals to benefit the public and legal profession
  • Act as a forum for the interchange of information, ideas, issues and concerns of paralegals
  • Save money on exclusive insurance products CLE programs; Fastcase legal research software; and more
  • Save on the CMBA legal directory, both the print and electronic formats
  • Utilize and save on room reservations at the CMBA Conference Center
  • Supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion in our profession
  • Shared commitment to give back to Greater Cleveland through pro bono and community programs funded by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation