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What is NALA?

NALA (National Association of Legal Assistants) is a nonprofit professional organization that seeks to advance paralegals through certification and professional development.  NALA is a preeminent resource for individual and professional success. 

NALA provides current information about the paralegal profession through continuing education, networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey reports, and other publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace.  

What is the NALA CP Exam?

NALA offers paralegals an opportunity to achieve a Certified Paralegal (CP) credential through successful completion of the NALA Certified Paralegal Examination.  According to NALA, certification signifies that a paralegal is capable of providing superior services to firms and corporations. The CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement, and more than 47 paralegal organizations and numerous bar associations also acknowledge the CP as the definitive paralegal certification.”     

The Certified Paralegal examination will consist of two required sections taken in the following order. Visit the NALA website and this policy page for additional information.

Knowledge Exam

  • The Knowledge Exam will consist of multiple-choice questions covering the topic areas listed in Appendix A.
  • The Knowledge Exam will be administered on-demand, year-round at testing centers, with preliminary results reported upon completion.
  • Candidates must successfully complete the Knowledge Exam in order to be eligible to take the Skills Exam.
  • Three (3) hours testing time.

Skills Exam

  • The Skills Exam will consist of a written assignment; specifications are set forth in Appendix A.
  • The Skills Exam will be administered during four testing windows each year:  February, April, July, and October.
  • Two (2) hours testing time.

Successful completion of both the Knowledge and Skills Exams is required to obtain the Certified Paralegal credential.

View the CP Program Candidate Handbook for a complete description of the program.


Types of questions on the NALA CP Exam

  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Written Assignment

Helpful information about test questions and test-taking strategies:

  • The CP exam is a comprehensive assessment based on federal law and procedure. You can find the description of the exam sections and suggested study material located under the Examinees section of the Certification page on our website. 


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. Refer to this website for more assistance.

Certain requirements must be met in order to apply to take the NALA Paralegal Certification Exam.

Eligible candidates include:

  • Persons who are in the last semester/quarter of or have graduated from an associate's degree paralegal program are eligible to apply to take the NALA Certified Paralegal Examination.

Review the information at CP Examinee Eligibility for more information about the eligibility requirements to take the NALA Certified Paralegal Examination. 

  • You will need to create an account (at no cost) to begin the application process for NALA Certified Paralegal Examination.

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