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Accredited Legal Professional (ALP)

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


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


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

Understanding the Process


ALP Step OneIf your application is approved by the NALS Certification/Education Manager, you will receive an email with instructions on how to proceed to the online ALP Exam. 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. 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.




Step 2


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 ID, scan their surroundings and take a photo of their face to verify identity.




Step Three



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 4Your 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 Five


You will receive your results 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





Exam Application & Registration

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


2019 ALP Exam Sessions

2020 ALP Exam Sessions


Examination Fees

Initial Fees

  • Full-Time Student $75
  • NALS member – $100
  • Nonmember $125
  • Military  $75   

Proctoring Fee- $45.00
Paid directly to service provider

Retake Fees – 1 part

  • Full-Time Student$40
  • NALS member–$40
  • Nonmember  – $50
  • Military$40

Proctoring Fee- $45.00
Paid directly to service provider

Retake Fees – 2 parts

  • Full-Time Student $50
  • NALS member  – $75
  • Nonmember $100
  • Military  $50

Proctoring Fee- $45.00
Paid directly to service provider



- Students or Military personnel, please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to verify your status and to receive a promo code for the rates listed 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.



If you are a currently enrolled full time student who is registered to take the ALP exam, please contact NALS Certification/Education Manager to ensure that you receive your free one-year membership.


Helpful Links & Videos

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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