What is renewal?
Renewal literally is the act of having one’s specialty certificate renewed. Specialty Certificates will be valid for a period of five years at which time the certificate must be renewed. This may be achieved through the accumulation of continuing legal education hours and activities.
Why do I need to renew my certificate?
Renewal is required because of the ever-changing profession to which we belong. Laws, rules, and regulations are continuously changing, and by requiring renewal, NALS ensures that Certified PPs and PLSs remain up-to-date with current legal practices in their specialty track.
How do I renew?
You need to have a total of 50 hours of CLE credits in one of the specialty tracks designated by NALS, Litigation/Civil Law, Estate Planning/Family Law, Corporate Law, or General Law in order to renew. You can follow these three easy steps to renew:
- Earn Renewal Points: You can participate in educational activities to earn points toward renewal. See Renewal Modules in the Specialty Certificate Renewal Guidelines document for details about which educational activities earn points. Be sure to obtain certificates of completion or other documentation confirming participation in educational activities. You’ll need to attach additional information to documentation as needed.
- Get Organized: Maintain a file with all of your CLE certificates or other documentation. A chart including the date of activity, the program sponsor, the hours attended, the points earned, and the session topic and track may be utilized to keep track of credits. (See renewal form for an example.) Since the Resource Center does not send reminders, be sure to calendar the date when your five-year validity period is due to expire.
- Documentation to Send to NALS: At any time prior to the expiration of your current validity period, submit the following to the Resource Center:
- Specialty Certificate Renewal Application/Affidavit (available in PDF format)
- Copies of original certificates or documentation pertaining to education credits
- A check made payable to NALS in the amount of $75 for members/$100 for non-members
What do I get when I renew?
Upon receipt by the Resource Center of your completed Specialty Certificate Renewal Application/Affidavit, a $75 member renewal fee/ $100 non-member renewal fee, and appropriate copies of your education certificates or documentation, you will receive a renewal certificate.
Who else is notified of my renewal?
Notification regarding individual renewal will be provided only to NALS publication editors for purposes of association-wide publicity.
What happens if I don’t renew?
The Specialty Certificate will expire at the end of the five-year validity period. If asked, the NALS Certification Manager will state that the certificate’s validity has expired.
Who can I contact if I still have questions?
The Certification and Education Manager at the NALS Resource Center by telephone at (918) 582-5188, e-mail at email@example.com, or fax at (918) 582-5907.
The Resource Center will accept applications prior to the expiration of the fifth year following the date certificate was awarded. Acceptance of early renewal submissions will not affect the renewal period. Points may not be accrued during the current validity period for the next period. Credits earned during that period may not be included in the next renewal application.
Be sure to keep your originals as the Resource Center discards submitted documentation upon approval of the renewal application.