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NALA Certification Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the CLA examination, a legal assistant must meet one of the following alternate requirement:

 

1. Graduation from a legal assistant program that is:

  • Approved by the American Bar Association; or 
  • An associate degree program; or 
  • A post-baccalaureate certificate program in legal assistant studies; or
  • A bachelor's degree program in legal assistant studies; or
  • A legal assistant program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.

2.  A bachelor's degree in any field, plus one year of experience as a legal assistant. Successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours or 225 clock hours) of substantive legal assistant programs will be considered equivalent to one year's experience as a legal assistant.

3.  A high school diploma or equivalent, plus seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar, plus evidence of a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education credit to have been completed within a two-year period prior to the examination date.

 

Note: The Paralegal Program is 300 clock hours. In order to meet the eligibility requirements to sit for the CP/CLA credentialing exam using this course, you must also hold a bachelor's degree in any field, or you must have seven years of experience as a legal assistant under the supervision of a member of the Bar.

 

Application Deadline/Exam Schedule

The Certified Paralegal examination is available Monday-Saturday each day in January, May and September. Applications must be received no later than the published deadline dates listed below. Applications received after the published date for late filing will not be accepted for the upcoming test window, but may be accepted for the next available test window. View  https://www.nala.org/certification for additional information. The deadline dates for applications are as follows:

 


Testing
Window 
  
Deadline  

 

Late Filing Window* 
         
January   Dec. 1   Dec. 10
         
May   April 1   April 10
         
September   Aug. 1   Aug.10

*Non-refundable additional fee required for late filing

 

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