Affiliate of the National Association of Legal Support Professionals

In 1929 in Long Beach, California, Eula Mae Jett and several colleagues established a group to discuss topics affecting their careers as legal secretaries; by 1949 other chapters had formed and NALS was incorporated. The only tri-level association for all members of the legal support staff, the National Association of Legal Support Professionals is playing an important role in today’s rapidly changing legal community. As trends in our profession become realities, they affect how law offices operate, as well as how and by whom work is handled. Today, the National Association of Legal Support Professionals remains a leader in the legal services industry, offering professional development by providing continuing legal education, certification, information and training to those choosing the legal services industry as their career. The big winners in tomorrow’s job market will be those who begin preparing today.  The tri-level association strives to help members meet the challenges of the future through educational programs, materials and services.

The Mississippi Legal Professionals Association (formerly Mississippi Association of Legal Secretaries and Mississippi Division of NALS, Inc.) was organized in 1962 as a part of NALS.  In September 2021, the name was changed to National Association of Legal Support Professionals to better reflect the makeup of our membership. Mississippi LPA is a part of a tri-level organization (local, state, and national) and is a nonpartisan, nonunion, nonsectarian and nonprofit professional association comprised of members of local chapters and members at large.

The purpose of this Association is to carry on a program for the further education of those engaged in work in the legal profession and to cooperate with attorneys, judges and bar associations in stimulating a high order of professional standards and ethics among those persons engaged as support staff in private law firms, financial institutions, various courts, municipal and governmental agencies and other entities of a legal nature.

Active members are legal secretaries, paralegals, lawyers, legal assistants, law office administrators, court reporters, typists and clerks in any law office or public or private office engaged in work of a legal nature. Members support and abide by the Code of Professional Responsibility of the American Bar Association, as well as the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Legal Support Professionals.


Mississippi LPA is composed of the following local associations:

     Gulf Coast Legal Professionals

     Pine Belt Legal Professionals

     Jackson Legal Professionals Association

     Metro Legal Professionals Association



 For more information, please review our Membership Flyer.