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Specialty Law Certificate





Any certified Professional Paralegal (PP), Professional Legal Secretary (PLS), or Certified Legal Professional (CLP) may earn a Specialty Certificate after obtaining 50 CLE credit hours in one or more areas of substantive law 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. After earning the requisite CLE credits, the legal professional may highlight their achievement by adding the "SC" as a post-nominal designation. For example, John Doe, PP, CLP-SC or Jane Doe, PP, CLP, ALP-SC, Administrative Law. The CLE hours used to recertify your PP, PLS, or CLP designation can be applied to your Specialty Certificate. However, all 50 CLE credit hours must be dedicated to the same area of law. You may apply for multiple Specialty Certificates. 

The Processed Defined

  1. Earn CLE Credits: Participate in educational activities to earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits
  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)


Please contact NALS Certification and Education Manager for details regarding our Specialty Certificate Program.




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