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Advance Your Career


NALS offers members and nonmembers the opportunity to sit for three unique certifications dedicated to the legal services profession. The exams are of varying levels and are developed by professionals in the industry. Each of the three certifications is developed by NALS and takes advantage of the more than 84 years of experience and dedication to the legal services industry only NALS has to offer. NALS has the certification for you, whether you are beginning a career in the legal industry or are a veteran paralegal ready to display your skills.


  • Accredited Legal Professional (ALP): One way to demonstrate your preparedness for the demanding field of law is by becoming an ALP®. This is NALS' entry-level examination for those entering the legal support profession. This designation is awarded after passing a four-hour, three-part exam. Attaining this goal demonstrates your commitment and aptitude for succeeding in the ever-changing legal environment.

  • Professional Legal Secretary (PLS): How do your skills compare with the hallmark of a professional? PLS® is the designation for lawyer’s assistants who want to be identified as exceptional. Certification is received after passing a one-day, four-part exam which demonstrates not only dedication to professionalism, but
    acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional.

  • Professional Paralegal (PP): Are you looking for a way to establish your credentials nationwide as a Professional Paralegal? Established in 2004 at our members request, the PP® designation is an attainable goal for paralegals who wish to be identified as exceptional in all areas of law. The certificate is received after passing a one-day, four-part exam.

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