Exam Information

Once your Certified Paralegal application has been approved you are one step closer to becoming a NALA CP! Please take a moment to review the information listed below before you take the exam.

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  • Three (3) hours testing time.
  • Candidate MUST first pass the Knowledge exam before proceeding to the Skills exam.
  • Candidates are eligible to take the Knowledge Exam only after they have graduated from a paralegal educational program or currently in the last semester or quarter of the program, if using the eligibility pathway; or have the required minimum experience, if using the experience category. The new system of on-demand testing will remove deadlines to apply for the examination. Candidates will be able to apply when they are eligible.
  • Once candidates receive the authorization to test for the Knowledge Exam, candidates will have up to three attempts within 365 days from the initial authorization to test date to pass the Knowledge Exam.
    • If the candidate does not take all three attempts of the Knowledge Exam within 365 days of the initial authorization to test date, the application is voided.  A new application and fee are required to reapply for the Certified Paralegal exam.
    • If the candidate does not pass the Knowledge Exam in three attempts during the 365 days, a new application and fee are required to reapply for the Certified Paralegal exam.
  • Candidates MUST wait 90 days between each of the three attempts of the Knowledge Exam and must submit a retake application and fee to NALA to initiate each additional attempt and receive a new Testing Ticket notification.

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  • Two (2) hours testing time.
  • Candidates who pass the Knowledge Exam will receive authorization to take the Skills Exam.
  • Candidates have up to three attempts within 365 days from the authorization to test date to pass the Skills Exam. 
    • If the candidate does not take all three attempts of the Skills Exam within 365 days of the initial Skills Exam authorization to test date, the application is voided.  A new application and fee are required to reapply for the Certified Paralegal exam. The candidate is required to start over by taking the Knowledge Exam.
    • If the candidate does not pass the Skills Exam in three attempts during the 365 days, a new application and fee are required to reapply for the Certified Paralegal exam.  The candidate must start over by taking the Knowledge Exam.
  • Candidates MUST wait 90 days between each of the three attempts of the Skills Exam and must submit a retake application and fee to NALA to initiate each additional attempt and receive a new Testing Ticket notification.

Application Fees:

  • $250 NALA Members    
  • $275 Non-NALA Members

The Paralegal student fee is for paralegal students currently in the last semester or quarter of the Paralegal program.                                                                                         

  • Paralegal Student - $125 NALA Members     
  • Paralegal Student – $150 Non-NALA Members

Retake Candidates:
$60 (per subsequent attempt for each Knowledge and Skills exam)

CP Program Candidate Handbook
Exam Format & Topics
General Exam Policies