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Advance Your Career

Obtaining a NALS certification demonstrates career commitment, builds credibility, showcases skills, and opens the doors of opportunity to enhance your career in the legal industry. NALS offers three unique certifications and four legal designations dedicated to the legal services profession.


The exams are of varying levels and are developed by professionals in the industry. Each certification is developed by NALS and takes advantage of the more than 85+ years of experience and dedication to the legal services industry only NALS has to offer. NALS has the certification for you, whether you are beginning a career in the legal industry or are a veteran paralegal ready to display your skills. Below is an overview of our three certification programs. 

  • Accredited Legal Professional (ALP)

    The ALP® is a four-hour, three-part exam, designed for students and entry-level professionals looking to get their foot in the door of the legal profession. It is often used as an exit exam for legal studies programs, and serves as a great way to compliment what has been learned in the classroom.  
    Attaining this goal demonstrates commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment, and provides an opportunity to begin your career a rung above the competition. 
  • Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) and/or Certified Legal Professional (CLP) 

    The PLS® and/or CLP® is a one-day, four-part exam, designed for individuals with a minimum of 3 years of legal work experience, who are looking to establish their credentials nationwide as a Professional Legal Secretary or Certified Legal Professional. Attaining this goal demonstrates a mastery of office skills, the discipline to assume responsibility and exercise initiative and judgment, dedication to professionalism, and acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional. 
  • Professional Paralegal (PP) 

    The PP® is a one-day, four-part exam, designed for students graduating from an ABA-approved legal studies or paralegal studies program OR individuals with a minimum of 5 years of paralegal/legal assistant experience who are looking to establish their credentials nationwide as a Professional Paralegal. Established in 2004 at our members' request, the PP® designation is an attainable goal for paralegals who wish to be identified as exceptional in all areas of the law. Attaining this goal demonstrates knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and procedures, as well as procedural and substantive law.

NALS provides an outlet for certified members to share their feedback/testimonials about how the NALS certification program has helped to make a difference in their lives—professionally and personally. If you desire to share your feedback, please click here. To read testimonials from other certified members, please click here

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Discount For Students

Effective immediately, NALS will be offering a FREE one-year membership to students of approved legal studies and paralegal studies programs who take the ALP, PLS/CLP or PP certification exam! If you are a student who is registered to take the ALP, PLS/CLP, or PP exam, please contact NALS Education/Certification Manager to ensure that you receive your free, one-year membership.



NALS Study Hall

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3/21/2018 » 3/21/2019
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11/1/2018 » 1/31/2019
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11/5/2018 » 5/7/2019
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