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

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ALP Examination Eligibility

To sit for the exam, you must have completed 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.



Exam Registration

Please begin the registration process EARLY. This will ensure your students receive the maximum number of benefits. 



 Step 1

 Step 2

 Step 3

  • Contact NALS' Membership Department and request a membership application for your students. 
  • Currently, students, who register for the ALP Exam, will receive a free, one-year membership.
  • Submit the completed applications to membership@nals.org and cert-edu@nals.org. Please include both email addresses with your application submission.
  • Each application must include name, home and school address, phone number and email address. 
  • Please make sure the hand writing is legible.
  • After your students' memberships are approved, they will have access to student-level discounts for our products and certification exams.
  • Your students will need to register for the exam online. The links to our online applications are available here [box in the middle of the page]. 
  • Your students must enter their testing location and the name of their proctor. 
  • If your school is remitting a purchase order (PO), please have your students select "Check/Money Order" upon check out. This invoice will be consolidated into one invoice under the name of the institution or instructor. The invoice with the student's name will disappear from the system. 
  • Once your students' exam applications are approved, the exam registration confirmation(s) and testing materials will be mailed to your attention via UPS. The instructor's email address will be included on the shipping and tracking updates via UPS. 







Online Exam

Please click HERE to review the online exam process. 

Please contact NALS' Certification and Education Manager for specific details regarding our online exam process for schools, universities and colleges. 


The Exam Covers


PART 1: Communications—(75 minutes)



 Basic Grammar  Punctuation  Word Usage Number Usage  Capitalization 

Subject and verb agreement

Ellipsis marks
Exclamation points
Question marks
Quotation marks

Words that sound alike or look alike
Words written as solid words or as separate words

Indefinite numbers and amounts
Ordinal numbers
Periods of time
Ratios and proportions
Roman numerals
Adjacent numbers
Ages and anniversaries
Beginning of sentences
Clock time

Common nouns
First words
Proper nouns

Course titles, subjects, and academic degrees
Family titles
Government bodies
Holidays, seasons, events, and periods
Hyphenated words
Nouns with numbers or letters
Personal, professional, and civic titles
Places, areas, and directions
Races, peoples, and languages
Titles of literary and artistic works




Basic rules for Latin terms and legal terms. 



Basic rules for compound words, prefixes, suffixes and troublesome words. 


Rules regarding clarity, conciseness, outmoded and overused expressions, sentence structure, tone, unity and coherence, etc...


PART 2:  The Law Firm: Office Procedures and Knowledge—(75 minutes)


 Standard Office Procedures  Office Accounting  Computer Information Systems Records Management 

Interoffice Memorandum
Processing Mail
Proofreading and Mailability
Delivery and Mailing Services
Docketing Control Systems
Telephone Etiquette
Utilizing Legal Information Sources

Accounting terminology and procedures
Computations for legal documents
Depositing funds
Completing deposit slips
Firm bank accounts and trust bank accounts
Keeping activity registers, time sheets, diaries, etc.
Writing checks
Stopping payment on checks
Bank drafts
Cashier’s checks
Certified checks

Computer systems
Computer hardware components
Equipment characteristics
Computer software
Applications software
Operating systems software
Processing documents
Electronic mail
Conflicts check systems

Filing Systems

Files management

Filing procedures

Filing rules




PART 3:  Legal Ethics and Authority—(75 minutes)


 Ethics  Judgment  Courts  Legal History

Avoiding the Appearance of Impropriety
Dealing with Confidential Information
Guarding Privileged Communications
Preserving the Identity of Funds and Property of Clients
Promoting Confidence in the Legal Profession
Supporting Integrity in the Legal Profession
Taking Responsibility
Understanding What Constitutes the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Other Ethical Considerations for the Legal Profession

Conflict Management
Dealing with Difficult People
Appropriate Actions in a Given Factual Scenario
Prioritization of Itemized Tasks

Federal and state systems

Origins of legal system

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

The Constitution


Bill of Rights



Examination Guidelines

All three parts of the examination must be taken on the first attempt. If you do not pass the entire examination on the first attempt, you may retake the examination parts you did not pass. 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. The ALP is eligible for recertification if after the initial 5-year certification period, the certified ALP has obtained 50 hours of CLE. For more information regarding the recertification process, please click here

Exam Schedule     



The following exam schedule is a recommendation and may be changed by the instructor or proctor with approval from NALS' National Certification and Education Manager.

SESSION 1: 8:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

BREAK 9:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.


SESSION 2: 9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

BREAK 10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m.


SESSION 3: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

End of Exam

Examination Fees


Initial Fees

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours) – $75
  • Online Proctoring Fee-- $45

Retake Fees – 1 part

  • Student/LTC Participant(min of 9 credit hours– $40
  • Online Proctoring Fee-- $45

Retake Fees – 2 parts

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $50
  • Online Proctoring Fee-- $45


Refund Policy: 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.



NALS accepts cash, 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., May 2018, March 2019, 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 the results of the exam session are released to the institution, instructor or student. Therefore, we strongly urge all institutions of academia to pay for the exam(s) with a company credit card. 



Exam Administrators and Testing Locations

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 ALP, 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.





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