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Certification


On April 30, 2014, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.  The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA


Click to learn more about the Advanced Paralegal Certification Program
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certification for paralegals!
 

To download the 2012 Job Analysis Report. This major study of the paralegal career field was released by the NALA Certifying Board June 15, 2012.


 Current Directory of Certified Paralegals
This link opens a form that may be used to verify one's certification status. Please check the update date if a name is not listed.


Professional certification is a time honored career development tool. It is helpful to employers and those seeking to enhance their career options. Because of the reliance on certification programs for career decisions, it is important a program is professionally managed and administered. NALA's over 35 years of experience in this area, and nearly 17,000 paralegals attest to the professionalism of the program.


   CLE Look Up for Certified Paralegals
Click this link to review the CLE credits recorded on your account. This information includes the expiration date of your certificate, the total credits awarded, as well as the credits that are classified as non-substantive credits, and ethics. This information is updated every 24-48 hours during the business week. 

Members need to log in with their NALA Net User name, and member number as the password. Non-members will be provided login information in an electronic newsletter.  Click here to request this information from NALA Headquarters.

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News & Upcoming Events
Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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Need a product or service for your office?

The NALA Vendor Directory is a terrific place to start. This is a list of legal vendors offering a great range of help including deposition services, document services, and investigations. Click the link below...
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Suggested Study Materials - Certified Paralegal Exam

Before planning your preparation for the Certified Paralegal exam, be sure to review the detailed description of the sections of the Certified Paralegal examination. This is found on the NALA web site under Certification/Certified Paralegal Exam Description.  Click here to visit this page.

The Certifying Board has published a list of suggested study references which may be helpful in your preparation for the exam or exam sections. Click here to review and download this list.

Preparing for the Certified Paralegal exam can be a daunting task. NALA publishes several books that are helpful, on-line programs are available, and NALA affiliated associations offer local study groups. Below is a summary of these programs.
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Publications

The following publications, published by NALA through Cengage Publishers, are helpful for exam review:
 

  • NALA Manual for Paralegals, Sixth Edition, authored by NALA members.
  • Certified Paralegal Study Guide and Mock Exam, Fourth Edition, authored by NALA members and material contributed.
  • Certified Paralegal Exam  Review Manual, Fourth Edition, authored by Virginia Koerselman Newman.

Click here for a description of these books and ordering information. 

Please Note:  The Elements of Style, Strunk & White, has been adopted by the NALA Certifying Board as the authority for the Communications section of the examination. A Uniform System of Citation, Harvard Law Review Association, has been adopted by the NALA Certifying Board as the authority for the Legal Research section.


On-line Programs


Your source for on-line programs is NALA Campus. NALA Campus offers continuing legal education programs in two forms, self study and live webinars.

Self Study Programs
Most of the subjects NALA Campus self study programs are included in the line up of these 24/7 programs. This includes:
  • American Legal System
  • Civil Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Ethics
  • Judgment and Legal Analysis
  • Legal Research
  • Written Communications

The on-line programs consist of written text and slides, with audio recordings of the text. In addition, tests of the instructional material are featured. Participation in these programs is fun - and a convenient way to update your skills and review for the exam.

Live Web Based Programs
Generally, these programs are 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length. They consist of a web based slide presentation, and telephone conference call.  NALA Campus LIVE! courses are offered from February-May and August-November. Each session consists of about 30 courses. Subjects for review for the CP examination are offered on a regular basis. The subjects include:

  • American Legal System
  • Basic Business Organizations
  • Civil Litigation
  • Ethics
  • Legal Research
  • Written Communications

The subjects/topics for each NALA Campus LIVE! session changes. Check the schedule for details. Also, several NALA Campus courses are recorded and available for sale in MP3 format. Those are also listed on our web site.

Click here for descriptions, costs, and schedules for the self-study and live web-based programs.  

Live Programs

From NALA
Several live study programs are available to those preparing for the CLA/CP examination. This includes:

Essential Skills
During the NALA annual convention, an Essential Skills track is often part of the educational program. This is a three day (mornings) program and specifically designed for exam preparation. The sessions are Written Communications, Judgment and Legal Analysis, and Legal Research. These are the essential exam review courses.

From NALA Affiliated Associations
NALA affiliated associations are located throughout the United States. These state and local paralegal organizations are tremendous resources for paralegal activities in a specific region. Affiliated associations in 22 states offer exam review programs. Click here for the list and web addresses - there just may be one in your area.

Another source of review programs for the Certified Paralegal examination are classes offered through local community colleges. These are particularly helpful if you need to review a specific subject. Remember, though, the Certified Paralegal Exam is a nationwide exam, no state laws or procedures are tested.