NALA is the National Association of Legal Assistants & Paralegals which was formed in 1970. Heartland Paralegal Association has been an affiliated association since 2001. NALA is the nation's leading professional association for paralegals. As a non-profit organization, NALA provides continuing education and professional development programs for paralegals - from novice to experienced professionals.
CERTIFIED PARALEGAL EXAMINATION
Established in 1976, the CLA /CP (Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal) program has enabled the profession to develop a strong and responsive self-regulatory program offering a nationwide credential for all paralegals. Today over 15,000 paralegals have achieved this credential.
The CLA/CP examination is divided into five sections. A minimum passing score of 70% is required on all five sections in order to earn the Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal credential.
Examinees are asked to demonstrate knowledge by responding to true/false, multiple choice and matching questions requiring knowledge of the subject and reading comprehension skills. Analytical skills and writing abilities are further tested by essay questions. The sections of the examination are described in detail on NALA's website at www.nala.org.
The CP (formerly known as CLA) and ACP (formerly known as CLAS) mean business. Good business. Stability. Consistency. Flexibility. Growth. Commitment and dedication. A strong foundation based on over 30 years of research and technical analysis. Access to advanced credentials in specialty areas of practice on the federal level and advanced credentials in the state laws.
Currently, there are over 14,965 CPs and over 1050 ACP Specialists in the United States. The growth of the program is impressive. At the end of 1990, 3,974 paralegals had achieved the CP designation. As of the July 2004 testing session, there were 12,492 CPs, with the numbers continuing to climb! Since the examination was first administered in 1976, approximately 30,000 paralegals have participated in this program.