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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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Join NALA
NALA, is a member-driven association. It is only as strong as its members and only as active as these members are involved in their profession and professional association. Individual members join NALA for a variety of reasons. Primarily among these reasons is the opportunity for involvement in a number of activities that speak to their individual concerns as a professional. These activities include NALA's efforts in the following areas:
  • Recognition of the paralegal profession
  • Identification of those within the profession
  • Establishment of professional standards
  • Research of the growth and development of the profession through nationwide surveys
  • Involvement in professional issues including becoming involved in cases affecting the paralegal career field
  • Access to cutting-edge CLE programs designed specifically for paralegals
Click for NALA membership application
Click to download an application form for NALA membership (pdf format)

If you would like to apply for membership using the on-line forms, click here:

Active Membership Form
Associate/Sustaining Membership Form
Student Membership Form

Qualifications for Membership

In addition to NALA's involvement in professional issues, membership in the association provides many tangible benefits including:

  • Access to NALA NET, the profession's only on-line library of case law, legislative activities, and bar association activities
  • Membership bulletin board and electronic mail to enhance networking opportunities 
  • Subscription to FACTS & FINDINGS, NALA's bi-monthly journal featuring how-to educational articles for paralegals
  • Annual Career Chronicle, serving as the profession's annual report, this "year-in-review" publication highlights significant developments and research findings affecting the paralegal career field 
  • Participation in specially designed continuing education programs at reduced rates, including on-line seminars at NALA Campus 
  • Participation in NALA Annual Membership Forum and Annual Membership Meeting at no cost.

Each of these programs, publications, and events are described on the web site.

NALA prospers because of the involvement of its membership and contributions of its volunteers.

NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Each NALA member agrees to be bound by the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Violation of the canons of ethics is grounds for removal of membership.

Click here to review the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility. The NALA Code of Ethics is a document that is adopted by the membership of NALA.  Any changes to this document must be approved by the NALA membership during the annual membership meeting.

The NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility is also referenced by the NALA Model Standards and Guidelines for Utilization of Paralegals. This document is reviewed annually by the NALA Professional Development Committee, and substantive changes are approved by the NALA membership.  The model was created as a guide to employers for their use in developing paralegals within the firm or corporation.  This is a handy tool for employers, as well as paralegals in describing how paralegals may be used in the workplace.

Becoming Involved in NALA


NALA members have many opportunities to become involved in the association and its activities. From submitting an article to Facts & Findings, to serving on a committee, and to serving on the board of directors, the association provides a variety of ways for members to become involved. The hardest part is starting -- if you would like to become involved, start by contacting a member of the NALA board in your area or a chair of a committee in which you are interested. Attending a NALA convention and meeting fellow members is another great way to start.  Finally, participating in the NALA Conference Center is a terrific way to meet NALA members and learn more about the association's activities.

Becoming involved in your professional association is a great way to challenge yourself professionally, as well as contributing to your career field.