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An Educator's Guide to the ALP Exam

 

 

An Educator's Guide to Preparing for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) Exam

 

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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 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;
  • measures understanding of office equipment, computer terminology, 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.

ALP Examination Eligibility

To sit for the exam, candidates must have met 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: Communications
    PART 2: The Law Firm: Legal Procedures and Knowledge
    PART 3: Legal Ethics and Authority

     

    Please review NALS Resource Manual for a detailed list of exam content. 

     

    Examination Fees

            Initial Fees (all parts)

    • Full-Time Student$90

    Remote Proctoring Fee- $45.(online only)

    Retake Fees – 1 part

    • Full-Time Student$30 

    Proctoring Fee- $45.00 (online only)

    Retake Fees – 2 parts

    • Full-Time Student$60

    Proctoring Fee- $45.00 (online only)

    Retake Fees – 3 parts

    • Full-Time Student$85

    Proctoring Fee- $45.00 (online only)

     

    Payment Options

    NALS accepts check and credit card payments for the ALP Exam and associated products [i.e. study aids, flashcards, etc..]. If your school issues a purchase order (PO), the exam test period [e.g., August 2020, December 2020, etc..], instructor's name, and the number and name(s) of the student(s) sitting for the exam must be listed.

     

    Please note, payment must be remitted in full before exam access will be granted. Therefore, we strongly urge all institutions to pay for the exam(s) with a company credit card. If this is not possible, we recommend starting the application process at least 90 days prior to the desired exam date.

     

    Exam Resources

    Books Needed for NALS Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) Exam

    Additional References - For Schools Only

    The following resources are not available for general sale, but are available to course instructors. 

      • NALS Basic Manual for the Legal Professional, 15th Edition, Student Study Guide
        • ISBN: 9780314631329
        • Brand: Thomson West
        • Ordering Methods: To order, please contact Dan Johnson at Thomson Reuters. 
        • DISCLAIMER: This edition of the Student Study Guide was designed as a teaching resource for use alongside this edition of the Instructor's Manual. Should an individual wish to purchase a student study guide, they may do so, however, please note that no answer key accompanies this guide. 

         

      • NALS Basic Manual for the Legal Professional, 15th Edition, Instructor's Manual
        NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BY STUDENTS, AVAILABLE FOR INSTRUCTORS ONLY.
        • ISBN: 9780314631312
        • Brand: Thompson West
        • Ordering Methods: To order, please contact Dan Johnson at Thomson Reuters. 

    Additional Study Tools:

     

    • Flashcards ($15 - select Flashcards for Basic Legal Manual) 

     

     

    The Online Exam Process: Step-by-Step

    Please begin the application process early to ensure application and payment are processed prior to your desired exam date.

     

     

    ALP Exam – Remote Proctoring

     

    ALP Exam Process – Live Proctoring

    1. Complete the online exam application, including your student registration sheet. You will have the ability to choose between live and remote proctoring. Remote proctoring is available for an additional $45/student. You will NOT be prompted for payment at the time of application. NALS staff will follow-up with an invoice payable via check or securely online with credit card.


    2. Pending payment and review of your student data, your application will be approved by the NALS Certification/Education Manager. You will receive an email with student usernames/passwords and exam access instructions. This email will also include the number of days students have to sit for the exam. Students may sit for the exam at any time in that window, day or night. When completing the online exam, students will need: a reliable internet connection; a quiet room, free of distractions; a government or school ID; and a webcam.


    3. Students using remote proctoring are responsible for meeting all system requirements and comply with access instructions. Remote exam proctoring 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.


    Upon completion of the exam, preliminary results will be displayed on-screen. These  results are not finalized until the student’s proctoring video has been reviewed. Students must achieve a score of 70+ on each section of the exam in order to be certified. Students passing all three parts will be certified for 5 years and will receive a mailed certificate and recognition on the NALS website within 60 days. Individual parts that are passed are valid for two years. Parts that are failed may be retaken in the next available exam window.


    1. Complete the online exam application, including your student registration sheet. You will have the ability to choose between live and remote proctoring. In order to use live proctoring, student exams must be completed in-person under the supervision of school staff or school representative.

     

    Exams are time-stamped and will be monitored based on a 4-hour exam window. If NALS has reason to believe these conditions were not met, exam results may be delayed pending further review. Failure to meet these expectations may result in voided exam results and/or fee forfeiture. Please contact cert-edu@nals.org with questions. You will NOT be prompted for payment at the time of application. NALS staff will follow-up with an invoice payable via check or securely online with credit card.


    2. Pending payment and review of your student data,  our application will be approved by the NALS Certification/Education Manager. You will receive an email with instructions on how to administer the online ALP Exam. These instructions will include login information for the online exam and detailed instructions on how to access the exam. This email will also confirm the exam date. When completing the online exam, students will need: a reliable internet connection and quiet exam environment.


    3. Results for live-proctored exams will be emailed to the registering instructor within 30 days of the exam. Students must achieve a score of 70+ on each section of the exam in order to be certified. Students passing all three parts will be certified for 5 years and will receive a mailed certificate and recognition on the NALS website within 60 days. Individual parts that are passed are valid for two years. Parts that are failed may be retaken in the next available exam window.

     

     

     

    Click Here to Submit the Online Exam Application & Registration 

     

    Apply and register for the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) Exam by clicking on the link below. We offer the ALP each month of the year!  

     

    The application deadline is the 15th of the month prior to your desired exam window (i.e. apply by August 15 for a September exam window). Payment 

     

    Helpful Links & Videos

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

     

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