Certified Paralegal
Examination Application Form

Instructions.  There are several ways to submit an application for the Certified Paralegal examination:

Complete this on-line form and submit payment by credit card. Mail, fax, or email to NALA Headquarters a signed attestation form(s) and the required supporting documentation. The documentation must be received by NALA Headquarters to complete the form.

If you complete the form on-line - you will still need to send information to NALA Headquarters to complete the application. This includes official transcripts showing the date of completion of your formal education, and original signed attestations from your attorney/employer or school official.
 

By clicking "Submit" below, the application form is submitted to NALA Headquarters. Another page will open with payment instructions and a link to a transmittal form that you may use to send the additional documentation.

Applicants may complete this form and submit payment by firm check or money order with other documentation.

Print the form from this web site, Certified Paralegal Application Form, PDF Format (in pdf format), complete and submit with payment and documentation to NALA Headquarters.
 
Request an application form and documentation from
NALA Headquarters via e-mail or call 918-587-6828.

Click here to read the rules and regulations regarding the filing of an application for the Certified Paralegal examination. This includes filing deadlines, fee information, testing center information, and a link to detailed examination rules.
 

For a complete list of the rules and regulations governing the Certified Paralegal examination program, click here. The rules include the requirements for maintaining certification, and disciplinary rules and procedures.

NALA
1516 S. Boston, Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74119
Phone:  918.587.6828
Fax:       918.582.6772

Before you begin . . . applicants may qualify under one of 3 categories.  Click on the links below for a description of the category and a check list of information needed to complete the application.

Completion of paralegal education program:

A bachelor's degree in any field plus one year's experience or paralegal education:

Seven years'
experience

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3

The Certified Paralegal examination is administered in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any special requests must accompany this application form.

Effective August 2001, the Certified Paralegal examination program has been approved by the Veterans Administration under the new licensing and certification benefit. The VA will pay the examination fee for qualified veterans. For further information, see
www.gibill.va.gov.

General Information
Must be completed by all applicants.

Examination date for this application:


NALA Member
Non-Member

NALA Account Number:

Have you submitted an application before?
Please answer "yes" or "no" 

 

Examinees will have two options for taking the Certified Paralegal examination:

1.  PSI Testing Center Network - over 230 permanent computer-based test sites on college campuses and other locations throughout the United States.  A list of the PSI test sites may be found on the web at  http://candidate.psiexams.com/.There is a testing center fee charged by PSI.

2.  Non-PSI Testing Centers - testing centers established by NALA for employers and in  schools, upon request of the employers or schools. Testing center fees vary with each center.

Examinees qualifying for special accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act must attend a PSI Testing Center.

For more details, visit: Testing Center Options
 


 Preferred Address:
Home    Office

Social Security Number -- LAST FOUR DIGITS ONLY
(Note:  This is used for identification purposes only -- enter only the last four digits.  You may create a number if you wish -- just be sure to make note of the number you entered for your records.)
Last Name
First Name
Middle Initial:
Home Address1:
Home Address2:
Home Address3:
Home - City    
Home - State
Home - Zip Code
Home Phone:
Employer's Name:
Employer's Address1:
Employer's Address2:
Employer's Address3:
Employer's City   
Employer's State
Employer's Zip
Office Phone
Format as XXX-XXX-XXXX

Fax
Format as XXX-XXX-XXXX

E-Mail:
Please verify e-mail address Type "Yes" to continue: 

Years of paralegal experience:

Total years of legal experience:

Method of Payment
Examination application fee:  $250 Members; $275 Non-members
Examination application fee does NOT include any testing center fees.
Payment is due no later than the application deadline date. Select your method of payment:

Credit Card - Continue with completing the application form. When the  "Submit" button is clicked another window will open which will provide instructions for payment via credit card through a secured web site.

If submitting payment via credit card, list below the card holder's name:



Firm or Certified Check or Money Order - Payment to be mailed to NALA Headquarters with other information. Payment by check must be in the form of a certified check, money order or firm check.  Personal checks are not accepted for payment of examination fees
   Amount paid Firm Check/Certified Check/Money Order number
   
Name on the check
Contributions or gifts to NALA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. However, payments may qualify as ordinary and necessary business expense. 

Refer to the rules and regulations for information about deadline dates, processing fees, and late fees.

Applicant Attestation
Must be acknowledged and accepted by all applicants

I hereby declare that the above information is complete and truthful.  I further pledge not to divulge the contents of any examination questions for certification as a paralegal by NALA, (the "Examination Questions"), and agree to be bound by the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility of NALA.  Inasmuch as it is and ever will be impracticable and extremely difficult to determine the actual damages resulting to NALA, should I divulge the contents of any Examination Questions, I agree to pay NALA, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty, the sum of $500 for each breach of my agreement not to divulge the contents of any Examination Questions.  I further understand that the Certified Paralegal designation may be suspended or revoked and that I may be prohibited from taking any further NALA exams, including, but not limited to, any specialty exams or retaking the general certification exam for the following reasons:
  1. Falsification of information on application form.
  2. Subsequent conviction of the unauthorized practice of law.
  3. Failure to meet the continuing legal education requirements as required by the Certifying Board.
  4. Divulging the contents of any examination questions.
  5. Subsequent conviction of a felony.
  6. Violation of the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
  7. Violation of the Terms and Conditions of testing.

With full knowledge of the above requirements and agreement to be bound by any decisions of the Certifying Board for Paralegals of NALA, with respect to examinations or designations, I submit this application.

Type Name:

Note: by typing your name here and clicking "accept" below, you are agreeing to the provisions of this attestation and indicating your understanding of its provisions.

  

Qualifications

Candidates for certification must meet one of the following requirements outlined in Categories 1, 2, or 3 at the time of filing this application form. Select the appropriate category based on your experience and training and complete all information required for the category. 

Individuals currently incarcerated for any offense, or on probation, parole, or other court-imposed supervision for a felony offense, are ineligible to sit for the Certified Paralegal examination.
Category 1 applicants:
complete the section below
Category 2 applicants:
Click here to continue
Category 3 applicants:
Click here to continue

Complete This Section if Applying Under
Category 1

If you are applying under Category 1, please check the appropriate box below.  An official school transcript showing courses taken and date of graduation must be attached to this application for Categories 1(a) through 1(e).  You must have graduated from one of the following paralegal programs that is: (check one)
(a) Approved by the American Bar Association; or
(b) An associate degree program; or
(c) A post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or

(In addition to your official school transcript, please attach to this application an original course catalogue or an original letter from the school registrar or program director attesting this is a post-baccalaureate program--that a bachelor's degree is necessary for program admission -- along with a transcript showing completed coursework.)

(d) A bachelor's degree program in paralegal studies; or
(e) A paralegal program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester (or equivalent quarter)* hours of which at least 15 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours)** are substantive legal courses.

(Attach to this application an official school transcript which shows the semester, quarter or clock hours necessary to meet this qualification. If this is not shown on the transcript, an original letter on school letterhead from the school registrar or program director will be necessary. The application will be incomplete without this information.)

* 900 clock hours of a paralegal program will be considered equivalent to 60 semester hours. 
90 quarter hours of a paralegal program will be considered equivalent to 60 semester hours.

** 225 clock hours of substantive paralegal courses will be considered equivalent to 15 semester hours.
22 1/2 quarter hours of substantive paralegal courses will be considered equivalent to 15 semester hours.

NOTE:  Under Category 1(e), an applicant may combine college hours from more than one institution. The applicant must have graduated from a paralegal program consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 225 clock hours or 22 quarter hours.) Evidence of the minimum hours required under Category 1(e) must be provided with the application form.

The application form will be considered incomplete without the official school transcript showing completion of a paralegal program.

Required of all Category 1 Applicants:
Transmittal Form for
Category 1 Documentation

  • Click Here to open the transmittal form (pdf format) required of all Category 1 applicants.  Complete this form and mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form to NALA Headquarters.
     
  • This form AND the official school transcript showing completion of paralegal studies are required to complete the application process. 

If you are applying under Category 1, this completes the application process.
Click here or scroll down and click the "Submit" button to submit your application.

Complete This Section if Applying Under Category 2

Check here if you are applying under Category 2.

Category 2 applicants must have a bachelor's degree in any field plus one (1) year's experience as a paralegal. Successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or 22 1/2 quarter hours or 225 clock hours) of substantive paralegal courses is equivalent to the one year experience requirement.

All applicants under Category 2 must submit with this application form an official school transcript showing receipt of a bachelor's degree and date of completion. Those applying under the provision allowing for additional paralegal course work in lieu of the one year's work experience must submit with this application an official school transcript showing completed paralegal course work.

Applicants applying under Category 2 with experience in lieu of course work must submit an original attestation form verifying the minimum one (1) year of paralegal experience.

The application form will be considered incomplete without the official school transcript, along with either an original attestation verifying experience or official school transcript showing equivalent paralegal courses in lieu of experience.

Educational Institutions:

Institution/City/State:
Bachelor's Degree:
Paralegal Program:
Employment History: Must cover a period of one year if submitting experience in lieu of paralegal course work.  Attach an additional sheet, if necessary.
Attorney Employer:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:

Attorney Employer:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:

Required of all Category 2 Applicants:
Transmittal Form for 
Category 2 Documentation

  • Click Here to open the transmittal form (pdf format) required of all Category 2 applicants.  Complete this form and mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form to NALA Headquarters.
     
  • This form AND an official school transcript showing completion of bachelor's degree and paralegal studies are required to complete the application process if applying with paralegal course work.
     
  • This form AND an official school transcript showing completion of bachelor's degree and an original attestation form verifying paralegal experience are required to complete the application process if applying with paralegal experience in lieu of course work.

If you are applying under Category 2, this completes the application process.
Click here or scroll down and click the "Submit" button to submit your application.

Complete this Section if Applying Under Category 3

Check here if you are applying under Category 3.

If you are applying under Category 3, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent plus seven (7) years experience as a paralegal** plus a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education completed within a two-year period prior to application for the examination.

Evidence of continuing education credit is documented by the attorney/employer attestation that must be signed to complete this application form. No further documentation is required.

**Within this category, "Legal assistant/paralegal" is defined as: Legal assistants or paralegals are a distinguishable group of persons who assist attorneys in the delivery of legal services. Through formal education, training and experience, legal assistants or paralegals have knowledge and expertise regarding the legal system and substantive and procedural law which qualify them to do work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.

Employment History:   Must cover a period of seven (7) years. 

Attorney Employer
City/State:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:

Attorney Employer
City/State:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:

Attorney Employer
City/State:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:

Attorney Employer
City/State:


Dates of Employment:

 From: To:


High School Diploma     GED     Date Received: 

Required of All Category 3 Applicants:  
Attestation of Attorney

  • Click Here to open the attestation form (pdf format) required of all Category 3 applicants.  Complete this form and mail, fax, or e-mail the completed form to NALA Headquarters.

If you are applying under Category 3, this completes the application process.
Click the "Submit" button below to submit your application.

End of application form