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Accredited Legal Professional (ALP)
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One way to demonstrate your preparedness for the demanding field of law is by becoming an Accredited Legal Professional (ALP). This certification is awarded after passing a four-hour, three-part examination. Attaining this goal demonstrates your commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment. The ALP exam: 
  • demonstrates ability to perform business communication tasks;
  • gauges ability to maintain office records and calendars, and prioritize multiple tasks when given real-life scenarios;
  • measures understanding of office equipment and related procedures;
  • denotes aptitude for understanding legal terminology, legal complexities, and supporting documents;
  • appraises knowledge of law office protocol as prescribed by ethical codes.

This exam was formerly known as Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS). In order to more fully embrace the diversity of legal professionals entering the workforce and provide those individuals with certifications reflecting that diversity, NALS has adapted the name of its Accredited Legal Secretary certification to Accredited Legal Professional (ALP). Effective May 1, 2013, persons who attain or have attained this certification may use either the ALS or ALP designation. This is a change in name only; the quality of the exam remains the same.

ALP Examination Eligibility

To sit for the exam, you must have completed one of the following:

  • Completion of an accredited business/legal course,
  • Completion of a NALS Legal Training Course, or
  • One year of general office experience.

Membership in NALS is not a requirement.

The Exam Covers

PART 1: Written Communications
PART 2: Office Procedures and Legal Knowledge
PART 3: Ethics, Human Relations and Judgment

Examination Guidelines

All three parts of the examination must be taken on the first attempt. If you do not pass the entire examination on the first attempt, you may retake the examination parts you did not pass. All failed parts must be retaken at the same time. There is a two year limit in which to retest. Full examination details are available in the NALS Certification Resource Manual


Those passing the exam will receive a certificate which is valid for five years. The ALP is eligible for recertification if after the initial 5-year certification period, the certified ALP has obtained 50 hours of CLE. A completed Recertification Form, Affidavit/Application, $50 fee, and copies of education certificates or documentation are submitted to the NALS Resource Center prior to the expiration of the current five-year certification period. For more details about recertification requirements, please click here

Examination Dates

  • March Exam Period: First Saturday in March
  • May Exam Period: Third Saturday in May
  • September Exam Period: Last Saturday in September 
  • December Exam Period: First Saturday in December 


Application Deadlines

  • March Exam Period: January 15, 2017
  • May Exam Period: April 10, 2017
  • September Exam Period: August 1, 2017
  • December Exam Period: October 15, 2017

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.

 

 

Examination Fees

Initial Fees

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours) – $75
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $125
  • Military (verification required)  $75

Retake Fees – 1 part

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $40
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $40
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $50
  • Military (verification required)  $40

Retake Fees – 2 parts

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $50
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $75
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Military (verification required)  $50

PLEASE NOTE: 

- Students or Military personnel, please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to receive promo code for the rates above. If you already have a Student membership then a promo code is not necessary at checkout.

  

Testing Locations

All NALS certification exams must be administered by a certified PLS/CLP or PP or an individual who is employed as a full-time educator at the post-secondary level, with the approval of NALS Certification/Education Manager. Should an individual who is NOT a certified PLS/CLP or PP wish to administer an exam, he/she will not be allowed to sit for either the PLS/CLP or PP for a period of three years from the date of the last exam he/she administered. All exam administrator will be required to sign a confidentiality statement. If you would like an individual to be approved to administer an exam please have them complete the Certification Exam Administrator form.
 
Once an examinee submits an exam application indicating preferred location a testing location will be arranged at that time. There are no set testing locations. If a testing location cannot be secured the Certification/Education Manager will contact the examinee to discuss alternative arrangements.

 

Refund Policy

If you are unable to sit for the examination at any time following submission of your application, the entire fee, less a 25% processing fee, may be refunded if requested 30 days or more before the scheduled examination date. Cancellations after this period will forfeit full amount of registration. NO EXAM TRANSFERS WILL BE ALLOWED. 

 


Instructions for Schools

Online registration forms are available, as well as a PDF form. If you are registering multiple students online, please click the "Save and Add Another Attendee" button after entering your first examinee. Proceed until all examinees have been entered. NOTE: Please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to obtain a promo code for the student rates listed above or for additional information.

 

 

Discount For Students

NALS currently offers a one-year FREE membership to students, currently enrolled, in an approved legal studies and/or paralegal studies programs who take the ALP certification exam! If you are a student who is registered to take the ALP exam, please contact NALS Education/Certification Manager to ensure that you receive your free one-year membership.

 


 


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ALP Certification Applications/Waivers

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
NALS Certification Resource Manual Link  more ] Administration 10/26/2016
May 2017 - Online ALP Exam Registration Link  more ] Administration 8/3/2016
September 2016 - ALP Exam Registration Link  more ] Administration 3/10/2016
December 2016 - Online ALP Exam Registration Link  more ] Administration 3/10/2016
March 2017 - Online ALP Exam Registration Link  more ] Administration 3/10/2016
ALP Exam Application (PDF Format) PDF (179.75 KB)  more ] Administration 3/10/2016
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