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Specialty Law Certificate


NALS Specialty Certificate Program Eligibility:

Any certified Professional Paralegal (PP), Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) and/or Certified Legal Professional (CLP) may earn a Specialty Certificate after obtaining 50 CLE credit hours in one of the specialty tracks designated by NALS within a five-year validity period. Specialty Certificates will be valid for 5 years, after which time, a new application must be submitted in order to maintain a valid Specialty Certificate. 


NALS Specialty Certificate Program

 Specialty Areas of Law                          




  • Administrative
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Civil Litigation
  • Contract
  • Corporate
  • Criminal
  • E-Discovery
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • Trial Management
  • Probate
  • Family
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Law Office Management
  • Juvenile
  • Personal Injury



The following are examples of how  Specialty Certificates may be abbreviated.

Simple Abbreviation Examples



Full Abbreviation Examples

 PP-SC Civil Litigation
 PLS-SC E-Discovery
 CLP-SC Corporate Law
 PP, PLS-SC Juvenile Law











How Do I Obtain My Specialty Certificate?

Participate in educational activities to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits


EASY as 1-2-3


  1. Earn CLE Credits: You can participate in educational activities to earn CLE credits toward your specialty certificate.
  2. Get Organized: Maintain a file with all of your CLE certificates and other documentation OR track your CLE credit hours online through NALS' New Certification Journal Tool.
  3. Documentation to Send to NALS: At any time prior to the expiration of your current validity period, submit the following to the Resource Center:
  1. Online Specialty Certificate Application; 
  2. Copy of your Certification Journal Transcript OR original certificates/documentation pertaining to education credits;
  3. Payment (Members $150/Non-Members $200)

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