Why Choose NALA?

NALA is the only National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited paralegal certification program. NALA’s Certified Paralegal program has been recognized both nationally and internationally for over 40 years! Our CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement, and more than 47 other paralegal organizations and numerous bar associations also acknowledge the credential as the paralegal standard. We provide a professional experience while still being personable with our certificants. From the application process to maintaining the certification, NALA is affordable for paralegals.


On April 30, 2014, the NCCA granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program. The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.  Accreditation of the NALA Certification Program

NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals

Mission Statement

The NALA Certifying Board is committed to setting, improving, and evolving the professional certification standards by which paralegals demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and integrity.

The NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals is responsible for content, standards and administration of the CP Certified Paralegal® Program. It is composed of paralegals who have received an Advanced Paralegal Certification designation, attorneys and paralegal educators.

In the technical areas of statistical analyses, examination construction, reliability and validity tests, the Board contracts with a professional consulting firm offering expertise in these areas as well as in occupational research. Technical analyses of the Certified Paralegal examination are conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure the integrity of the examination. Content analyses of the test design, accuracy of questions, and topic/subject mix for each exam section are ongoing processes of the Certifying Board. The Board also utilizes the occupational data available through surveys of paralegals and other means, including a review of textbooks and research within the field of paralegal education. Through these analyses and procedures, the Board is assured that the examination reflects and responds to work-place realities and demands.

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Distribution of NALA Certified Paralegals across the United States
Distribution of NALA Advanced Certified Paralegals across the United States


For information concerning standards of professional credentialing programs, you may want to see the article: The Certified Legal Assistant Program and the United States Supreme Court Decision in Peel v. Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee of Illinois.