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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, 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.

The Exam Covers

PART 1: Communications
PART 2: The Law Firm: Legal Procedures and Knowledge
PART 3: Legal Ethics and Authority


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.
A completed Recertification Application (Online), $50 fee, and copies of education certificates or documentation are submitted to the NALS Resource Center prior to the expiration of the current five-year certification period. For more details about recertification requirements, please click here

Exam Schedule                              

     Exam Session       Registration Deadline      Exam Registration Form
 March 2018  February 15th   March Exam Registration
 May 2018  April 15th   May Exam Registration
 September 2018  August 15th   September Exam Registration
 December 2018  November 15th   December Exam Registration
 Online Exam    Online Exam Registration

Examination Fees

Initial Fees

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours) – $75
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student)– $125
  • Military (verification required)  $75

Retake Fees – 1 part

  • Student/LTC Participant(min of 9 credit hours– $40
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $40
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $50
  • Military (verification required)  $40

Retake Fees – 2 parts

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $50
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $75
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Military (verification required)  $50


- Students or Military personnel, please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to receive promo code for the rates above. If you already have a Student membership then a promo code is not necessary at checkout.


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.

Testing Locations 

  • You may sit for the ALP Exam online, from the comfort of your home or office, with a remote, online proctor. You will need a reliable internet connection and a webcam to complete the ALP Exam online. 
  • Our exams may be proctored by any of the professional or academic institutions listed Testing Site.  If you wish to use one of the third-party providers listed, please notify our staff on your exam registration form, and we will contact the testing center on your behalf.
  • Many public libraries offer proctoring services for minimal or no cost. A list of public libraries by state can be accessed here.
  • Our exams may be administered by your employer if he/she is a licensed attorney or Judge. If you wish to pursue this option, you must provide your employer's (a) bar number, (b) contact information, and (c) location of the exam site on your exam registration form. 
  • Members holding an advanced certification may proctor our exams for CLE credit. All members interested in proctoring exams must receive written approval from the National Certification and Education Manager. Our advanced members and local/state chapters are not allowed to charge fees for the administration of the ALP, PLS/CLP, or PP Exams. If you or your local/state chapter would like to serve as a proctor or testing site, please submit an Exam Administrator Interest Form

Each examinee is responsible for paying any and all proctoring fee(s) associated with the administration of the ALP, PLS/CLP, and PP Exam(s). The proctoring fee(s) are not included with the exam registration cost. 

Instructions for Institutions of Academia

 If you are an educator associated with an institute of academia, please click HERE for detailed instructions. 


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