About NALA



Since 1975, NALA has been trusted to provide exceptional continuing education and professional development designed specifically to advance paralegals and other legal professionals in their careers. NALA connects members with their peers across the nation and opens doors of knowledge and opportunity.  

NALA provides current information about the paralegal profession, continuing education (publications, courses, and webinars), networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey reports, and other publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace. NALA is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(6), representing more than 12k+ paralegals, who are individual members or members of NALA affiliated associations. NALA is a membership organization. This means that the individual members of NALA are the leading force of NALA programs and policies. The association is governed by a Board of Directors and maintains an office and headquarters staff in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

NALA is a trade name (filed in Oklahoma in 2003) for The National Association of Legal Assistants which was formed on April 10, 1975 in Oklahoma. 

Certification, continuing education, and networking are all opportunities that NALA offers. We understand that the paralegal profession is constantly evolving and professionals need to be able to keep up with the changes. That is why we have developed continuing education programs and services specifically geared for paralegal growth. Some of the educational resources we provide include our conference and paralegal workshop held every year in July, and our abundance of online education courses, programs, and books. 

The Certified Paralegal (CP) credential is key to respect and opportunity throughout the legal profession. The use of the CP credential signifies that a paralegal is capable of providing superior services to firms and corporations. The CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement, and more than 47 paralegal organizations and numerous bar associations also acknowledge the CP as the definitive paralegal certification. Learn more about becoming a NALA CP. 

The National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) advocates for and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion within the paralegal profession. We recognize that, to continually be a “preeminent resource for individual and professional success,” we must build on and derive strength from inclusion, equity, diversity, and those initiatives that promote it. NALA encourages and fosters a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment within the association and its affiliated associations, as well as the law firms, corporations, legal service providers, and the paralegal community our members and peers support. NALA strives to partner with affiliated associations and other professional legal organizations to advance and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. NALA welcomes members from all backgrounds and encourages connections within our diverse membership.

Strength through diversity includes all individuals regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, medical condition, military or veteran status, and political affiliation.

NALA welcomes your comments, thoughts, and seeks your input regarding how to better achieve greater diversity within our association, our affiliated associations, and the paralegal profession as a whole. Please contact Vanessa Finley, CEO with any feedback.

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