Advance Your Career
Obtaining a NALS certification demonstrates career commitment, builds credibility, showcases skills, and opens the doors of opportunity to enhance your career in the legal industry. NALS offers three unique certifications dedicated to the legal services profession. The exams are of varying levels and are developed by professionals in the industry. Each certification is developed by NALS and takes advantage of the more than 85+ years of experience and dedication to the legal services industry only NALS has to offer. NALS has the certification for you, whether you are beginning a career in the legal industry or are a veteran paralegal ready to display your skills. Below is an overview of our three certification programs.
- Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) - Current Number Certified: 3,310 (as of 06/15)
The ALP® is a four-hour, three-part exam, designed for students and entry-level professionals looking to get their foot in the door of the legal profession. It is often used as an exit exam for legal studies programs, and serves as a great way to compliment what has been learned in the classroom. Attaining this goal demonstrates commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment, and provides an opportunity to begin your career a rung above the competition.
- Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) - Current Number Certified: 5,761 (as of 03/15)
The PLS® is a one-day, four-part exam, designed for individuals with 2-3 years of legal work experience, who are looking to establish their credentials nationwide as a Professional Legal Secretary. Attaining this goal demonstrates a mastery of office skills, the discipline to assume responsibility and exercise initiative and judgment, dedication to professionalism, and acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional.
- Professional Paralegal (PP) - Current Number Certified: 594 (as of 03/15)
The PP® is a one-day, four-part exam, designed for students graduating from an ABA-approved legal studies or paralegal studies program OR individuals with 3-5 years of paralegal experience who are looking to establish their credentials nationwide as a Professional Paralegal. Established in 2004 at our members request, the PP® designation is an attainable goal for paralegals who wish to be identified as exceptional in all areas of law. Attaining this goal demonstrates knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and procedures, as well as procedural and substantive law.
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Discount For Students
Effective immediately, NALS will be offering a one-year FREE membership to students of approved legal studies and paralegal studies programs who take the ALP or PP certification exam! If you are a student who is registered to take the ALP or PP exam, please contact NALS Education/Certification Manager to ensure that you receive your free one-year membership.
FREE Exam Testing! Limited-Time Offer
The NALS Board of Directors has voted to offer certification exams—completely free of charge—at the final Professional Development & Education Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma in February of 2016. If you have been holding off on taking a NALS certification exam or retaking parts of an exam, now is the time to take advantage of this limited offer. Free exams will be offered to anyone who is fully registered to attend the 2016 NALS Professional Development and Education Conference—this is a savings of anywhere from $40 to $225! The tests will be offered on Wednesday, February 24, prior to the regular conference scheduling. Click here to view full details.