Certification

certification

Testing Sites in Oklahoma are in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman.

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Accredited Legal Professional…the basic certification for legal professionals

One way to demonstrate your preparedness for the demanding field of law is by becoming an ALP. This designation is awarded after passing a four-hour, three-part examination. Attaining this goal demonstrates your commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment.

For more information, see ALP Certification.

Examination Fees

Initial Fees

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours) – $75
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $125
  • Military (verification required) – $75
Retake Fees – 1 part

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $40
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $40
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $50
  • Military (verification required) – $40
Retake Fees – 2 parts

  • Student/LTC Participant (min of 9 credit hours– $50
  • NALS member (not a full-time student) – $75
  • Nonmember (not a full-time student) – $100
  • Military (verification required) – $50

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Professional Legal Secretary/Certified Legal Professional

Any person who has had a minimum of three years of experience in the legal field may take the examination. Membership in NALS is not a requirement. A partial waiver of the three-year legal experience requirement may be granted for post-secondary degrees, successful completion of the ALP exam, or other certifications. The maximum waiver is one year.  For more information, see PLS/CLP Certification.

Examination Fees

Initial Fees

  • NALS member – $175
  • Nonmember – $225
  • Military (verification required) — $175
Retake Fees

  • NALS member — $50/per part
  • Nonmember — $60/per part
  • Military (verification required) — $50/per part

PLEASE NOTE: 

– Military members, please contact NALS to receive promo code for the rates above. 


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Professional Paralegal
Certification

The Certified PP designation is an attainable goal for paralegals who wish to be identified as exceptional in all areas of law. The certificate is received after passing a one-day, four-part examination.  For more information, see PP Certification.

Examination Fees:

Initial Fees

  • NALS member – $225
  • Nonmember – $275
  • Military (verification required) — $225
  • Currently Certified PLS – $175
 Retake Fees 

  • NALS member — $60/per part
  • Nonmember — $70/per part
  • Military (verification required) — $60/per part

PLEASE NOTE: 

– Military members, please contact NALS to receive promo code for the rates above.


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Specialty Certificate Program

The NALS Specialty Certificate Program is dedicated to identifying specialty areas of law in order to provide education that allows areas of expertise to be established. This program is for those who want to go above and beyond, set themselves apart from the competition, and make their area of expertise known!

NALS Specialty Areas

A full list of Specialty Certificate options are below:

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

NALS Specialty Certificate 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 Fees:  Members $150 / Non-Members $200
For more information, see Specialty Certificate Program.


Recertification

Recertification literally is the act of having one’s certification renewed. NALS considers recertification to be continuing one’s education in the legal field by obtaining continuing legal education credit hours. Recertification is required every five years. (The validity period for certification is indicated on the certificate issued when the examinee passes an exam or on the most recent recertification certificate. The recertification renewal date may also be found in the Professional Development section of your online member profile.) There are three categories of recertification:

  1. Mandatory Recertification: The first category, mandatory recertification, applies to all ALPs, PLSs/CLPs, and PPs who are currently employed or seeking employment. (PLS recertification is required for those earning certification as of March 1994 or thereafter.)
  2. Voluntary Recertification: The second category, voluntary recertification, is recommended and encouraged for those achieving PLS certification prior to March 1994. PLSs who voluntarily recertify must meet the same requirements and established criteria as for mandatory recertification. The first time an applicant recertifies under voluntary recertification, the recertification period will end five years from the date of recertification by NALS. After the first recertification, the recertification period runs five years from the end of the prior recertification period.
  3. Emeritus: The third category is Emeritus. Emeritus status is available to the following: (1) certified PLSs/CLPs or PPs who are 55 years of age or older who are retired from employment in the legal services field; and (2) certified PLSs/CLPs or PPs who are permanently disabled. A letter requesting Certified PLS/CLP or PP Emeritus status may be submitted to NALS. If Emeritus status is being requested because of a permanent disability, proof of disability should also be submitted. Upon notification of approval of Emeritus status, the Certified PLS/CLP or PP will not be required to accumulate points to recertify. If a Certified PLS/CLP or PP returns to work in the legal field, the Emeritus status is invalidated. PLSs/CLPs or PPs who previously fell under mandatory recertification will have five years within which to recertify from the date of reemployment.

 For more information, see Recertification.

 

 

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