Good employers know that employees are their most valuable assets, and a significant number of employers know that investing in employees who are NALA members is good for their balance sheets. That investment now is even more appealing.
To reward the enlightened employers who provide NALA membership for their paralegals, discounts of as much as 25 percent off NALA memberships are now available to companies and firms with multiple NALA members in their ranks.
Corporations such as Mutual of Omaha, Wal-Mart, State Farm Insurance and Bank of America have multiple NALA members on their staffs. The same goes for a long list of major law firms such as Kutak Rock, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Hall Estill, Snell & Wilmer, Gunster Yoakley, Holland & Knight, and Bryan Cave. Many state and local government agencies, as well as a number of nonprofit associations are also among this good company. These employers have seen the wisdom of investing in paralegals who show the good judgment and initiative to invest in their own professional development.
NALA is the leading professional association for paralegals, and those who want to keep on top of their game have long seen the professional certification and continuing education programs offered by NALA as a way to demonstrate and maintain their expertise.
Some points to consider
- More than 6,000 paralegals are members of NALA, and more than 18,000 are represented through membership in NALA affiliated associations.
- More than 15,000 paralegals have earned the “Certified Legal Assistant” (CLA) or “Certified Paralegal” (CP) designation—the “gold standard” of paralegal expertise for 35 years.
- Approximately 2,000 Certified Paralegals have gone on to achieve the demanding “Advanced Certified Paralegal” (ACP) credential.
- The courts have allowed higher billing rates for paralegals with CLA or CP credentials, and the US Department of Defense grants participation in the program as a benefit to GIs and their spouses.
- Self-paced, online study is offered in a range of paralegal topics 24 hours a day.
- The NALA Campus LIVE! Webinars attract nearly 1,000 participants annually for more than 80 presentations.
- Employers find the Webinars are particularly cost effective and use these to support their own in-house training.
- NALA will work with employers to provide specific Webinars on a variety of subjects.
- The annual NALA convention features intensive nine-hour classroom presentations by acknowledged authorities in various legal subjects.
- The annual CLA/CP Short Course provides two-and-a-half days of review for the CLA/CP examination, and is also a popular “refresher” for experienced paralegals
- NALA produces high-quality professional publications, from CLA/CP exam study materials to desk references and authoritative works in specialty practice areas.
- Facts & Findings is a “slick” full-color bimonthly magazine for paralegals with articles of interest to all members of the legal profession, as well as professionals in other fields who need to stay abreast of legal issues.
Benefits Beyond Education
NALA is a powerful educational resource for the entire paralegal profession. Individual membership in NALA offers professional development support beyond continuing education. Members of NALA are valued by employers, and many members have a history of achieving leadership roles in their companies, firms, and communities.
Leadership attributes are encouraged and cultivated in a number of NALA programs, including:
- The NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility is a membership requisite.
- Select Webinars on various management topics are part of NALA Campus LIVE!
- The year-long Leadership Enhancement and Preparation (LEAP) program for selected volunteers prepares graduates for leadership roles beyond NALA management.
- Of all NALA members, fully a third are in companies, law firms, or other organizations that employ more than one member.
To encourage even more corporate support for paralegals, NALA is offering significant discounts to companies and firms. To invoke this special offer, employers need only submit NALA membership applications for each employee and pay the discounted dues with a single check or credit card charge. If an employee who has signed up under this offer leaves employment during the one-year membership period, then another employee may take that person’s place by submitting another membership application. No additional fee is required.
The following discounts are available to employers with multiple memberships:
||Annual Dues Discount
||10% ($112.50 each)
||20% ($100.00 each)
||25% ($93.75 each)
|An additional 2% is offered to government, school and 501(c)(3) non profit organizations