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About NALA

"NALA leads the paralegal profession by providing a voluntary certification program, continuing legal education, and professional development programs for all paralegals."   NALA Mission Statement


This area is your introduction to NALA. It summarizes the major programs of NALA and describes the association's mission. In addition, this area also discusses the role of the NALA board of directors in leading the association, and provides links to directories of the NALA board members, and staff.  This is also your source for new membership information.


"The American legal system is vital to protecting the constitutional principles on which our Nation was founded. By contributing to our fair and equitable system of justice, paralegals help advance the ideals that make our country strong. The National Association of Legal Assistants improves the legal profession by providing educational development and promoting the discussion of opportunities and issues facing paralegals."
 -----President George W. Bush, in a letter to NALA dated July 12, 2005, on the occasion of NALA's 30th anniversary.


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The NALA Annual Membership Meeting is the one time that members gather to participate in terrific educational programs, as well as association business meetings. 

Each year, NALA publishes an Annual Report, summarizing the association's work for the year, and a snapshot of the association's financial standing. The report is distributed to NALA members at the July Annual Meeting and posted on the NALA web site.  

 Click here to read the 2013 Annual Report of NALA.
 


 

News & Upcoming Events
Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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Real Estate-Principles Released

The NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board has released the much anticipated Real Estate Principles course! Real Estate Principles is now available online . . .

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Limited Practice Rule for Nonlawyers Approved June 15

June 15, 2012 Washington Supreme Court Order #25700-A-1005 Consistent with GR 25 (the Supreme Court rule establishing the Practice of Law Board), the rule establishes a framework for the licensing and regulation of non-attorneys to engage in discrete activities that currently fall within the definition of the "practice of law" (as defined by GR 24) and which are currently subject to exclusive regulation and oversight by this Court. The rule itself authorizes no one to practice. It simply establishes the regulatory framework for the consideration of proposals to allow non-attorneys to practice.

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Need a product or service for your office?

The NALA Vendor Directory is a terrific place to start. This is a list of legal vendors offering a great range of help including deposition services, document services, and investigations. Click the link below...
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About NALA & Join

NALA is the leading paralegal association in the US. Its mission is to provide continuing education and professional development programs to all paralegals. NALA provides current information about the profession, continuing education materials and seminars, networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey findings and manuals to help paralegals excel in the workplace.

NALA is a non-profit organization, representing over 18,000 paralegals, who are individual members or members of NALA affiliated associations.

Major Programs

NALA programs are supported by membership dues, and program fees. The major programs of NALA are all described in further detail on this web site. They are:

    • Professional Certification for Paralegals
      For over 30 years, the Certified Paralegal credential has been the career standard for paralegals. In 2006, this program was expanded to include the ACP, an Advanced Certified Credential for certification in specialty practice areas.

    • Web based Live and Self Study CLE programs
      NALA is the leader in offering the first web-based self study programs for paralegals in 1999. Today, NALA's curricula of web-based programs include live programs, archives of live programs, and the standard self-study courses.

    • Annual CLE conference
      Each July, NALA hosts the nation's largest paralegal conference, a highly anticipated educational program. It consists of in-depth educational programs in several practice areas, a review program for the Certified Paralegal exam, an expo for legal vendors and association business meetings,
       
    • Publications
      Through its publisher, Cengage, NALA publishes a study guide for the Certified Paralegal examination, and an introductory text entitled "NALA Manual for Paralegals."  NALA is also well known for its award winning FACTS & FINDINGS, abi-monthly journal for paralegals. 
       
    • Leadership Development
      NALA members and NALA Affiliated Associations have a unique opportunity to participate in leadership development programs. From serving on a NALA committee or board through participation in the year-long LEAP (Leadership Enhancement and Preparation), personal growth opportunities are ever- present. 
       
    • Standard Setting and Occupational Research
      NALA members have created and follow the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and take this responsibility very seriously. In addition, every two years, NALA conducts a survey of paralegal utilization and compensation. The survey findings are published on the web site, free to all.

Governance of NALA

NALA is first, and foremost a membership organization. This means that the individual members of NALA are the leading force of NALA programs and policies. Through NALA, paralegals across the nation have come together to develop programs and standard setting codes to help them grow in the work place.

The board is composed of the NALA President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Certifying Board Chair, Advanced Paralegal Certification Board Chair, Continuing Education Council Chair, Professional Development Committee Chair, 9 Regional Directors, and the Affiliated Associations Directors. Each of the officers and 9 directors are elected by the NALA members. Representatives of NALA affiliated associations, who are also NALA members, elect the affiliated associations director. (Only NALA members may determine the composition of the Board of Directors). The President is elected annually (in March) by the Board of Directors from among its members. The Continuing Education Council Chair, and Professional Development Chair are all appointed by the NALA president and the appointments are approved by the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is the only body in NALA that is charged with focusing on the big picture of NALA - how it's doing and where association programs are moving.  The board is responsible for:

  • Defining association goals
  • Providing the means to accomplish the stated purposes of NALA as defined in the bylaws and member directives
  • Enhancing the value of NALA membership.

Learn more about the structure of NALA, the association governing documents, and headquarters by visiting other pages in this section.