Join NALA

NALA is the leading paralegal association in the U.S. NALA is a non-profit organization representing more than 18,000 paralegals who are individual members or members of NALA affiliated associations

Individual Membership

Members of NALA receive the following benefits: 

  • Subscription to Facts & Findings journal featuring educational and informative articles for paralegals
  • Free access to the Utilization and Compensation Report so that you can negotiate your compensation and benefits successfully
  • Discounted rate on NALA continuing education programs and select products
  • Special local and national discounts on affinity products and services such as office supplies, car rentals, and identity theft protection
  • *Select complimentary member education
  • *$80.00 gift certificate - to be used towards NALA continuing education programs (gift certificate is a member benefit and therefore non-transferrable)

*Active Membership type only


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

  • Successfully completed NALA's Certified Paralegal Exam
  • Graduated from an ABA-approved paralegal program
  • Graduated from an institutionally accredited program with not less than the equivalent of 60 semester hours of classroom study
  • Graduated from a paralegal program not listed above, but has no less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is a qualified paralegal
  • Holds a baccalaureate degree in any field, plus not less than six months of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is a qualified paralegal
  • 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
  • Minimum of two years of in-house training as a paralegal, whose attorney-employer attests that such person is a qualified paralegal

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

  • Member of bar association endorsing the paralegal concept or involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession
  • Individual involved in the educational field who endorses the paralegal concept or is involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession
  • Supervisor of paralegals

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

  • Full-time student in good standing pursuing a course of study as a paralegal
  • A full-time student is defined as a student taking a minimum of 12 semester hours or who is taking all of the paralegal courses the schedule permits, provided the individual is not employed as a paralegal

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Sustaining Membership is open to individuals, law firms, corporations and paralegal program representatives who endorse the paralegal concept or are actively involved in the promotion of the paralegal profession.

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