For Legal Professionals

The success of an office requires the right people. NALA Certified Paralegals are capable of providing superior services to firms and corporations.

By hiring a Certified Paralegal you can have peace of mind knowing that they have passed a demanding examination of the knowledge and skills needed to provide excellent paralegal services. National surveys consistently show Certified Paralegals are better utilized in a field where attorneys are looking for a credible, dependable way to measure ability. The credential has been recognized by the American Bar Association as a designation which marks a high level of professional achievement. The CP credential has also been recognized by over 47 legal assistant organizations and numerous bar associations.

If you need to verify that a potential job candidate is a CP, please check our Certifed Paralegal Directory.

Please view the NALA Utilization and Compensation Report Summary of Findings to learn more about the paralegal profession.

Certified Paralegal Commitment
The Certified Paralegal credential is key to respect and opportunity throughout the legal profession. Earning this credential is a proud achievement, and maintaining the right to use it is a career-long commitment. Certification must be maintained through continuing education relevant to the demands of the paralegal career. 

The CP credential is valid for a period of five (5) years. 

What Will It Cost Me?
All documentation required to complete the Certified Paralegal examination application form must be submitted at the time of filing the application. Documentation includes official school transcripts, attorney attestations, and payment. Incomplete applications are subject to rejection.

Continuous education is required in order to maintain the CP credential and is not included in the exam fee. Paralegals who want to become NALA Members will receive discounts on continuing education programs. 

Application Fees:

  • $250 NALA Members    
  • $275 Non-NALA Members
  • Student - $125 NALA Members     
  • Student – $150 Non-NALA Members 
  • Retake Candidates:
    $60 (per subsequent attempt for each Knowledge and Skills exam)