Disciplinary Procedures

Disciplinary action may be taken against an Examination candidate or a Certified Paralegal if it is found that either has committed any of the following:

  • Falsified information on any document submitted to the Certifying Board
  • Been convicted of the unauthorized practice of law since applying for the Certified Paralegal credential.
  • Failed to meet continuing legal education requirements
  • Divulged the contents of any examination question
  • Been convicted of a felony since applying for the Certified Paralegal credential
  • Failed to notify NALA of updates to their application for the Certified Paralegal credential
  • Violated the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Violated the Terms and Conditions of Testing”
  • Engaged in any other conduct determined by a majority vote of the Certifying Board to be unethical or unprofessional.

In addition, an Examination Candidate is also subject to disciplinary action if the Candidate is found to have committed either of the following:

  • unfairly gained exam information by using unauthorized materials or websites during the examination; or
  • provided any assistance to another candidate at any time during the exam preparation or delivery period.

Filing a complaint.
If any person believes that an Examination candidate or Certified Paralegal has violated any of these standards, click below to submit the Disciplinary Complaint form.   The information provided should include documents which substantiate any claim of conviction or improper behavior.

 Disciplinary Complaint Form

These rules establish the procedures that the Disciplinary Committee will follow in investigating and taking action on any charge of violation of any action or conduct described in the Disciplinary Procedures manual.  The Disciplinary Committee’s purpose is to assure that such charges are investigated fully and resolved fairly, consistent with the integrity of the Certified Paralegal program.