The NALS Specialty Certificate Program is dedicated to identifying specialty areas of law in order to provide education that allows areas of expertise to be established. This program is for those who want to go above and beyond, set themselves apart from the competition, and make their area of expertise known!
NALS Specialty Areas
A full list of Specialty Certificate options are below:
Law Office Management
Personal Injury Law
Real Estate Law
NALS Specialty Certificate Eligibility
Any certified Professional Paralegal (PP), Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) and/or Certified Legal Professional (CLP) may earn a Specialty Certificate after obtaining 50 CLE credit hours in one of the specialty tracks designated by NALS within a five-year validity period. Specialty Certificates will be valid for 5 years, after which time, a new application must be submitted in order to maintain a valid Specialty Certificate.
NALS Specialty Certificate Fees
- Members $150
- Non-Members $200
In order to obtain multiple specialty certificates, you must fill out an application form for each specialty and obtain the 50 CLE hours required in that specific track.
How Do I Obtain My Specialty Certificate?
You may participate in educational activities to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit hours toward your specialty certificate. 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. These educational activities consist of the following:
- Attendance at Seminars/Workshops/Webinars: You may earn CLE hours by attending conferences, seminars, workshops, chapter educational programs, webinars, etc. on topics related to the specialty area in which you are receiving your certificate. Events must be a minimum length of 30 minutes. Copies of certificates of attendance or other documentation confirming participation in the program are to be submitted with the completed application packet. Applicants should retain originals, as the NALS Resource Center discards submitted documents upon approval of the application. Included in this module is credit for watching videos or listening to audio on relevant topics. Except for topics related to the specialty, credit is not available for personal development and/or motivational programs. To request points for watching a video or listening to audio, complete Section A of the Specialty Certificate Application.
- Seminars/Workshops Taught: You may earn CLE hours by teaching at conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, chapter educational programs, etc. on topics related to the specialty area in which you are receiving your certificate. Seminars must be a minimum length of 30 minutes. One (1) teaching hour equals four (4) CLE credits, which includes credit for preparation and presentation time. Except for topics relating to the specialty area in which you are receiving your certificate, credit is not available for personal development and/or motivational programs. To request CLE for teaching educational programs, complete Section B of the Specialty Certificate Application. A copy of the seminar brochure verifying the applicant as a speaker or other documentation confirming applicant’s participation in the program is to be submitted with the completed application packet. Applicants should retain originals, as the NALS Resource Center discards submitted documents upon approval of the application.
- Authoring Articles and Publications: Section C of the Specialty Certificate Application should be completed and submitted, along with documentation verifying participation in authoring of articles or publications. This covers authoring articles regarding topics pertaining to your specialty track. Five (5) CLE hours are awarded for substantive articles.
- Successful Completion of Postsecondary Education Courses: This module covers successful completion (Grade C or better) of relevant courses (courses related to the specialty tracks designated by NALS) at an accredited institution of higher education. Higher education institutions are generally organized into semesters (14 to 16 weeks in length providing “semester hours” or 10 to 12 weeks in length providing “quarter hours”). CLE credit hours are calculated on the basis of 15 CLE credits per semester hour and 10 CLE credits per quarter hour. Copies of transcripts or grade reports and official course descriptions are to be submitted with the completed renewal packet. Applicants should retain originals, as the NALS Resource Center discards submitted documents upon approval of the application.
- Get Organized: Maintain a file with all of your CLE certificates and other documentation OR track your CLE credit hours online through NALS new Certification Journal Tool.
- Submit the Following to the NALS Resource Center:
- Specialty Certificate Application (PDF and online applications available at bottom of page)
- Copies of original certificates or documentation pertaining to education credits. If you have uploaded documentation into your NALS Certification Journal, a transcript of your journal will suffice.
- Fee in the amount of $150 for members/$200 for non members. Payment in the form of check (payable to NALS) or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) will be accepted.
NALS Resource Center
8159 East 41st St
Tulsa, OK 74145
You may use a simple abbreviation, or you may spell out the entire specialty, whichever you prefer. NALS will predominately use a simple abbreviation when referencing Specialty Certificates on our correspondence. The following are examples of how Specialty Certificates may be abbreviated.
Simple Abbreviation Examples
Full Abbreviation Examples
PP-SC Civil Litigation
CLP-SC Corporate Law
PP, PLS-SC Juvenile Law
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