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2020 Online PP Exam

 Export to Your Calendar 10/1/2020 to 12/31/2020
When: Online Exam Session
Each Month in 2020
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Certification and Education Manager

Online registration is available until: 11/15/2020
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How do your skills compare with the hallmark of a professional?

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:

  • A mastery of procedural skills and communication skills.
  • An advanced knowledge of procedural law, the law library, and the preparation of legal documents.
  • A working knowledge of substantive law and the ability to perform specifically delegated substantive legal work under an attorney’s supervision.
  • The ability to interact on a professional level with attorneys, clients, and other staff.
  • The discipline to assume responsibility and exercise initiative and judgment while adhering to legal ethical standards at all times.
Working under the supervision of a practicing lawyer or a judge, the Professional Paralegal is expected to possess:
  • The same high standard of ethical conduct imposed upon members of the Bar.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and procedures, as well as procedural and substantive law.
  • The ability to assume responsibility, exercise initiative and judgment, and prepare substantive legal documents within the scope of assigned authority.
  • Attaining this goal demonstrates dedication to professionalism and acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional. Personal motivation is necessary to attain such a goal.
The exam part(s) are as follows: 
PART 1: Advanced Communications
PART 2: Advanced Legal Procedures, Accounting and Technology
PART 3: Advanced Legal Ethics and Authority
PART 4: Advanced Substantive Law


The Exam Process 

Step 1Each exam candidate must register for the exam a choose the particular month they wish to sit for the exam. If selecting the next month, registrations must be completed by the 15th of the current month (Example: if a candidate want to take the exam in February, registration must be completed by January 15). Registrations must be completed and paid in full before candidates will be approved to sit for the exam.


Step 2: If your application is approved by the NALS Certification/Education Manager, you will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed during the first week of the month selected to complete the online exam process. These instructions will include login information for the online exam portal and detailed instructions on how to access the online exam. This email will also include the number of days you have to sit for the exam. You may sit for the exam at any time in that window, day or night. You must take all parts of the exam once you begin, so be sure you block out enough time!


Once you decide when to sit for the online exam, you will need: a reliable internet connection; a quiet room, free of distractions; and a webcam. After you receive the exam confirmation email from NALS, you will receive a link to the online exam portal and your login/password information. After downloading the necessary software, the online proctoring system will require each examinee to show a valid government/school ID, scan their surroundings and take a photo of their face to verify identity.


Step 3: After your identity has been established, you will be able to take our online exam. You will navigate to your specific exam and take it like you normally would.  


Step 4: Your exam session is reviewed and recorded (screen, audio and webcam) by third-party, unbiased certified proctors. Results of the exam reviews are delivered directly to our organization including the screen, audio, and webcam recording. If anything appears suspicious during the exam process, the video will be flagged and reviewed by the National Certifying Board and the National Certification and Education Manager.  


Step 5: You will receive your results (PASS or FAIL only) immediately upon completion. If you pass the exam, you will receive your certificate in the mail. If you fail any parts of the exam, you will be able to retest online.


Helpful Links

The information provided by the links below are generic instructions for the examinee. NALS specific instructions will be emailed to the candidate upon review and approval of the online exam application. 

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