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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 201 Annual Report of NALA.
 


 

News & Upcoming Events
Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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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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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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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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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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Qualifications for Membership
NALA membership is offered in four categories. All members receive the same benefits of membership. However, only active members may vote, serve on committees or serve as an officer or director of the association.   

Active Membership
Annual Dues: $140 (A discount is provided to employers with more than 5 NALA members)


Active membership is open to individuals who meet at least one of the following requirements:

1.  Any individual who has successfully completed the Certified Paralegal Examination of NALA, or

2.  Any individual who has graduated from an ABA approved program of study for paralegals, or

3.  Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals which is institutionally accredited but not ABA approved, and which requires not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study, or
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
 

4.  Any individual who has graduated from a course of study for paralegals other than those set forth in 2 and 3 above, plus not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

5.  Any individual who has received a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus not less than six months in-house training as a paralegal whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

6.  Any individual who has a minimum of three years of law related experience under the supervision of an attorney, including at least six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal, or

7.  Any individual who has a minimum of two years of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is qualified as a paralegal.

Associate Membership
Annual Dues: $115

Associate Membership is open to individuals who meet at least one of the following qualifications:

1.  Those members of bar associations endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession, or

2.  Those members of the educational field endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession, or

3.  Those persons directly involved in the supervision of paralegals.

Student Membership
Annual Dues: $50; For new applications, the dues payment of $50 is for a period of two years


Student Membership is open to individuals who meet at least one of the following qualifications:

1.  Individuals who are full time students in good standing in any college, junior college or other school pursuing a course of study as a paralegal.

2.  A full time student shall be defined as one enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours or equivalent or who is taking all paralegal courses as the schedule permits provided the individual is not employed as a paralegal.

Student members may maintain their student membership at the discounted dues rate for a period of one year after graduation.

Sustaining Membership
Annual Dues: $115, minimum


Sustaining membership is open to those individuals, law firms, corporations and paralegal program representatives who endorse the paralegal concept or are actively involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession and who contribute dues of $115 or any amount in excess thereof.