|Professional Paralegal (PP)|
Are you looking for a way to establish your credentials nationwide as a Professional Paralegal? Established in 2004 at our members request, the Certified PP designation is an attainable goal for paralegals who wish to be identified as exceptional in all areas of law. The certification is received after passing a one-day, four-part examination. Successful completion of the PP examination demonstrates:
Working under the supervision of a practicing lawyer or a judge, the Professional Paralegal is expected to possess:
PP Examination Eligibility
To be eligible to sit for the Profession Paralegal exam, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
*Membership in NALS is not a requirement.
Students of an accredited or ABA-approved paralegal studies program who are near graduation may sit for the PP exam provided that NALS receives a Paralegal Student Waiver Form, signed by the program director confirming the student’s graduation date (must be within a three-month window), and by the student agreeing that if the student does not successfully graduate from his/her program, the results of the PP exam will become null and void and the exam fee forfeited. PDF waiver is available for download at the bottom of this page.
Request For Partial Waiver
A partial waiver of the five-year requirement for paralegals is possible if an individual has a minimum of three years experience performing paralegal duties. The maximum waiver is two years. PDF waiver is available for download at the bottom of this page.
The Exam Covers
PART 1: Written Communications
PART 2: Legal Knowledge and Skills
PART 3: Ethics and Judgment Skills
PART 4: Substantive Law
All four parts of the examination must be taken on the first attempt with the exception of current PLS’s in which only Part 4 in Substantive Law is needed. If you do not pass the entire examination on the first attempt, but do pass one or more parts, you may retake the part (or parts) you failed. All failed parts must be retaken at the same time. There is a two year limit in which to retest.
Those passing the exam will receive a certificate which is valid for five years. Recertification is required every five years and may be achieved through the accumulation of continuing legal education hours and activities.
NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED AFTER THE DEADLINES.
- Military members, please contact NALS to receive promo code for the rates above.
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.
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.
If you are a currently enrolled full time student who is registered to take the PP exam, please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to ensure that you receive your free one-year membership.
Preparing for Exams