Consider certification as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal (CLA or CP) by taking NALA's Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Examination. This intensive computerized examination will test your basic skills and legal knowledge. The examination consists of five (5) sections: Communications, Ethics, Legal Research, Judgment & Analytical Ability, and Substantive Law (American Legal System, Business Organizations, Civil Litigation, and Contracts). For more information, read further on this page or visit the NALA website for more details.
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.
CLA/CP Certification Examination 2015 Test Sessions
Donít forget NALA Campus LIVE! is offering archive programs for purchase . .
Several of the NALA Campus LIVE! programs from past years are available for sale on-line. The recorded-live programs are in MP3 format and the download will include handout material. Costs are $80 for members; $105 for non-members for most programs. Some programs that are offered in several sections may be available as a bundle. Not all programs will be available and some programs will be available for a specific period of time. The web site will include this information.
If you registered and attended a LIVE! session and want a copy of the recording for review, the recording is available to you at a discounted rate. Contact Mariah Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
ONLINE REPORTING OF CLE HOURS TO NALA!
This form is only for use by CLAs or CPs
in order to provide evidence of the CLE hours required to maintain the
CLA or CP credential. Do not mail, e-mail, or fax additional
documentation when completing this form on-line. If you print this
form to submit CLE hours to NALA Headquarters by mail, e-mail, or fax, please do
not send supporting documentation -- only send the CLE Reporting form
unless you are sending a special request under Category D or E which
request and supporting documentation must be
submitted in writing to NALA Headquarters. The Certifying Board reserves the right
to adjust CLE submissions in accordance with the current CLE
When counting hours for a seminar or workshop,
count only the actual hours of
legal instruction. No credit will be given
for lunch, breaks, registration,
or social periods. To ensure the accuracy of CLE entries, the NALA Certifying Board reserves the right to audit credit submissions
for CLAs or CPs by requesting all backup documentation. If you are
selected for an audit, all backup documentation must be provided to NALA
Headquarters within 60 days of notice of the audit.
A CLA/CP who fails to submit satisfactory
evidence of attendance or completion of a CLE event or course within
sixty (60) days of the date of the audit notice is subject to discipline
as set forth in the Rules for Disciplinary Proceedings published by
NALA. The NALA Certifying Board has the right to refuse to grant CLE
credit for unconfirmed credits.
DOCUMENT RETENTION: A CLA/CP shall
maintain satisfactory evidence of attendance or completion of a CLE
event or course for which credit has not been confirmed for a minimum of
one year from the date of acknowledgment ("Acknowledgment") of the
credit by NALA. Acknowledgment shall be evidenced by NALA posting the
credit as "unconfirmed" on the CLA/CP's CLE record (the "Recap"), which
Recap shall be sent to the CLA/CP.
Click here for a
printable version of the online form.
Click here to exit the CFPA website & go to the NALA page to submit CLE hours online.
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Need to know where you stand with your CLE hours? Request a credit recap to be Emailed to you from the NALA website! http://www.nala.org/cle_recap_request_form.htm
NALA Contact Information
National Association of Legal Assistants
1516 S. Boston, Suite 200 Tulsa, OK 74119 Phone: 918-587-6828 Fax: 918-582-6772