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On April 30, 2014, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.  The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA

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 Current Directory of Certified Paralegals
This link opens a form that may be used to verify one's certification status. Please check the update date if a name is not listed.

Professional certification is a time honored career development tool. It is helpful to employers and those seeking to enhance their career options. Because of the reliance on certification programs for career decisions, it is important a program is professionally managed and administered. NALA's over 35 years of experience in this area, and nearly 17,000 paralegals attest to the professionalism of the program.

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Click this link to review the CLE credits recorded on your account. This information includes the expiration date of your certificate, the total credits awarded, as well as the credits that are classified as non-substantive credits, and ethics. This information is updated every 24-48 hours during the business week. 

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Presentation of Computer Based Exam Questions

Timing begins once a candidate has selected the appropriate test section from the examinee dashboard, and the proctor has entered the appropriate credentials to release the examination.  There are no scheduled breaks during the exam.  If an unscheduled break is required, the clock will continue to run.

Objective Questions

  • Each objective question will be provided one at a time. Once the answer is selected, examinees are instructed to click “Next” for the next question.
  • Each question may be flagged by placing a check mark in the box entitled “Mark for Review” which appears below the answer options. The selected answer may be changed on review.
  • When all questions are completed, the entire list of questions appears. Examinees may review this list before submitting the test for scoring. Questions marked for review by the examinee will be in bold type and easily identified. Examinees may also scroll over the text of any question on the list and open it to review the question and selected answer.
  • When the time has expired, access to the exam will be terminated, and the test will be submitted for scoring.  Questions that are not completed will be scored as incorrect answers.
Essay Questions

The Judgment and Analytical Ability exam section consists of an essay question only. Examinees are allowed 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the essay.

The essay question requires reading. To assist in answering the essay question, candidates will be provided with a printed copy of the essay question when seated to begin the Judgment & Analytical Ability exam section.  If a candidate did not receive the printed copy of the essay question, the proctor should be contacted immediately for the printed copy.  Timing for the exam begins when the proctor has provided the printed copy of the essay and released the examination to the examinee.

The printed copy of the essay may also be used to make notes and for ease in reading the question. However, space is provided on the computer to input the answer and the answer MUST be typed in the text box provided on the computer screen in order to be graded. The Grading Committee may only consider answers typewritten on the computer window. Examinees will be required to return to the proctor the printed pages prior to leaving the testing center.

The text box provided for essay question answers will allow examinees to move around within the box, delete and add sentences and characters as needed. Cut and paste is available, however, spell-check, and other special formatting functions are disabled for all sections of the Certified Paralegal examination.

The space provided on the computer screen to type the answer is a text-only box. Do not use any special character keys such as ALT, CTRL, or TAB or the computer workstation may freeze.

Candidates must be sure they have completed the essay answer before clicking the “Complete the exam” button. Once clicked, access to the examination will terminate.

Essay questions are graded by members or former members of the Certifying Board. Examinees are instructed NOT to put their name or any other identifying information in the response window.

Screen Shots of the Login and Test Windows

To become acquainted with the login screens and test presentations, click here to open screen shots of these pages.