SS2201- Contract Management

The ACP© Contract Management course provides the foundational knowledge for this advanced certification exam. Use the course content and the chapter reviews to prepare for the comprehensive exam.

Course Category: Self-Study Courses

Course Level: Advanced

CLE Credit: Substantive

CLE Hours: 20.0

Fees: $250 for Members and $300 for Non-members

Course Materials: This self-study course includes an integrated text book, engaging activities, and knowledge checks.

Once you’ve finished studying, you’ll take the comprehensive exam to earn CLEs and the ACP©.

Description: A paralegal who manages contracts, at minimum, must be well-versed in the law, contractual terms, and budgets while possessing superior time management and communication skills. Moreover, as this course will demonstrate, a paralegal with these proven skills has the ability to work between many sectors including academia, government, large corporations, and small businesses. Use this course to acquire foundational knowledge required to manage contracts regardless of where you work.

 The Contract Management Advanced Certified Paralegal Program consists of the successful completion of 13 modules – delivered through an integrated online course with interactive learning modules and knowledge checks – and passing the comprehensive exam. The modules are as follows:

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Contract Negotiation

Chapter 3 – Written and Oral Contract Negotiation

Chapter 4 – Drafting Agreements

Chapter 5 – Contract Structure and Language

Chapter 6 – Using Boilerplate Provisions

Chapter 7 – Course of Dealing, Texts, and Practice

Chapter 8 – Performance Management

Chapter 9 – Drafting Agreements Part 2

Chapter 10 – Communication, Status Review, and

Chapter 11 – Government Contracting Overview

Chapter 12 – Federal Government Contracting Process

Chapter 13 – Industry Practice

Learning Outcomes Include:


  • Potential employment sectors
  • Calendaring tools
  • Business organization types and impacts on
    contract provisions
  • The various government forms used in a
    government contract
  • Various negotiation techniques and when a
    technique is most useful
  • The five steps to drafting a contract


  • A contract and contract amendments
  • The steps involved in collecting essential
    contract information utilizing QTIPS


  • Importance of communicating contract status
  • The efficiency of boilerplate provisions
  • The importance of using contractual boilerplate
  • The importance of plain English and effective


  • Content requiring proofing and editing
  • Industry-specific agreement types and forms
  • Legal concerns when writing a contract
  • Types of boilerplate clauses


  • A contract reviewer’s position
  • The characteristics that a paralegal must
    possess to be a successful contract manager
  • The importance of personal skills development
  • When a verbal deal has been established
  • The other party’s approach to negotiation


  • Between the mailbox rule and the UCC
  • Checklists and master templates
  • State and federal government contracting process
  • The various government invitations
  • Phases of a contract life cycle


  • Clearly written contract terms and terms that
    are written in legalese
  • Contract attachments and correct storage
  • Benefits between a written and an oral contract


  • Each phase of the government contract process
  • FAR and government contract process
  • Government contract award categories and
    minority award percentages
  • Insurance requirements by contract type
  • Performance tracking methods
  • Flowcharts and timelines

 Earning the Contract Management Advanced Certified Paralegal

  • Use the course content and the chapter reviews to prepare
    for the comprehensive exam.
  • A passing score is 85%.
  • Five attempts for a passing score are available with this course. (If you do not pass the exam on the 5 attempts you must repurchase the course and start over.)
  • Statement of Completion – Upon completion of the
    course and successfully passing the exam, a statement of completion is
    required. The statement of completion is a summary of what you learned from
    this course and how you will apply this to your job.
    • Once the statement of completion is uploaded, an
      alert is sent to NALA.
    • Upon satisfactory review of the statement, NALA marks the
      course 100% complete and begins the process of issuing the certificate and
      credential* if you are eligible.

* The distinguished ACP© credential is only available to current NALA Certified Paralegals. Anyone, regardless of credentials, may take this course solely for gaining knowledge and will receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course and exam.

Course Year: 2021


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Courses are priced for individual use and consumption and are not intended for rebroadcast and sharing.

Refunds or Cancellations

No cancellations or refunds are provided.

Self-Study FAQs

All self-study courses qualify for CLE through NALA.  For more information on other institutions please click here.

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No, a textbook is either included or not necessary for the self-study courses.

No, the courses are designed as continuing education courses and may qualify as meeting continuing education requirements for professional certifications and attorney licenses.  In addition, the courses may be used in the classroom to supplement formal training.  However, the courses are not designed to take the place of formal paralegal training as may be available through a community college or university.