What is the NALA/CP Exam?
NALA (formerly the National Association of Legal Assistants) administers a nationally recognized certification exam, NALA/CP (Certified Paralegal). Successfully completing this exam provides recipients with a credential proving mastery and competence in five topical knowledge and skill areas. Certification is valid for a period of five years. Evidence of continuing legal education must be submitted to NALA at the end of the initial five-year certification period to maintain the credential. Visit the NALA website for additional information.
The NALA-Certified Paralegal (CP) Exam is divided into five sections. The topics included in each section and time allotted to complete the section are provided in the outline below:
Types of questions on the NALA/CP Exam
Helpful information about test questions and test-taking strategies:
Click here to view a table describing the percentage of questions on specific topics within each section of the NALA/CP exam.
NALA, the National Association of Legal Assistants, is a nationally recognized professional association for paralegals. It provides a national certification exam, the NALA-CP, for paralegal students upon graduation from a paralegal program.
Click here for information about the certification examination and the application process. Click here to view a listing of testing centers in your state. Test overview and application materials can be downloaded from this section of the NALA website: http://www.nala.org/examinee.aspx.
Important information for Paralegal students and graduates:
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Individuals must meet requirements in one of two categories outlined below to be eligible to take the NALA/CP exam:
Graduate of Paralegal Program in one of the following: