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NALS Puts Certification In the Forefront

Posted By NALS Admin, Monday, June 16, 2014
Since its inception, NALS has dedicated itself to education, providing opportunities for individuals to grow and advance in their careers. NALS continues to provide those opportunities to not only its members, but nonmembers alike. The greatest opportunity we provide those individuals for career advancement is by offering certification. Certification is a great way for a successful legal professional to demonstrate his or her preparedness for the demanding field of law—whether it be as a legal secretary, legal assistant, or paralegal. The current board has picked up where the previous board left off, encouraging and inspiring individuals to take the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) exam. The Florida Department of Education had previously approved our ALP certification examination to be included on the Florida Career and Professional Education Act Comprehensive Industry Certification list, affording high school, vo-tech and community college students, and educators access to our professionally developed and highly skilled exam. And as of May 6, 2014, NALS secured the same approval for both the PLS and PP exams. As of the time of publication, and as a result of this venture, over 290 individuals have taken the ALP exam since March of this year! Securing this approval within the state of Florida provides NALS with greater opportunities to reach out to individuals who are interested in the legal profession. Currently, NALS is researching and investigating the same or similar processes within other states in order to replicate the success occurring in Florida.

First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced the Reach Higher Initiative, which is an effort to inspire more young people to take control of their future through higher education. The Reach Higher Initiative will focus on things such as financial aid, summer learning opportunities, college visits, and supporting school counselors so that more students can complete their education. Here is a link to read more: http://tinyurl.com/pupwcpd. Through its dedication to education and enhancing legal career opportunities, NALS is positioned to promote and engage new legal professionals in a very similar manner by reaching out to high school, vo-tech, and community college students throughout the country. This is an opportunity for all NALS chapters to grow our nation’s economy by providing the tools NALS has already created—the Basic Legal Training Course (“BLTC”) and the ALP certification exam. This is the first step in the career ladder that will educate and position aspiring professionals for a chance to get a better job and improve their skills for career advancement. NALS is currently designing an online version of the BLTC, but there are still many educational institutions that offer in-person, classroom applications, and NALS wants to be in each and every one of them. You can help make this happen by contacting your area high schools, vo-techs, and community colleges to make them aware of this opportunity for their students.


Even though this school year is nearing its end, think about the summer learning opportunities your NALS chapter could offer to enhance a student’s chance of gainful employment. Possibly an ALP Camp or a social forum to engage career legal professionals, students, counselors, and educators who can help someone fulfill a chance to pursue a dream of becoming a legal secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, or an attorney. It all starts somewhere and now is the time! NALS has a new bright spot with the ALP—so let’s get excited about lighting the way to a better future by sharing and spreading the word! As always, thanks to all of you for your dedication to NALS and to the legal industry.

- NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors 

Tags:  Accredited Legal Professional  ALP  certification  Reach Higher Initiative 

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