Spotlight: National Association for Legal Professionals


Spotlight: National Association for Legal Professionals

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NALS is a leader in the legal services industry offering professional development by providing continuing legal education, certifications, resources, and training to those choosing the legal services industry as their career.  NALS was formed in 1929, was incorporated in 1949, and has been dedicated to members of the legal community ever since.  By providing exceptional education opportunities and networking arenas, NALS has continued to be THE association for legal professionals.   Their members represent every area of this industry from paralegals and legal secretaries to legal administrators and office managers.   Because of this diversity and an openness to welcome all members of the industry, NALS offers a broad spectrum of expertise to make the programs offered valuable to all members of the legal services industry.   This allows NALS members to learn about other areas of the industry, making career enhancement as well as advancement easily attainable.

Along with the education and professional development opportunities, NALS members become part of the family.  Members build life-long friendships with colleagues from around the country and use these friendships to build both professional and personal relationships.  By attending NALS conferences, you will be able to interact with members from all types of backgrounds.  So you can use the diversity of NALS to increase your knowledge and broaden your perspective on ways to do your job and build your career.

While tangible benefits are always great, (see full list of benefits), NALS offers you the opportunity to belong to the oldest association for legal support professionals and is the only association that is all-inclusive, giving you a home, whether you stay on your current path or branch out into a new opportunity in the field.


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, the basic certification for legal professionals, is the entry-level examination for those entering the legal support profession. Professional Paralegal and Professional Legal Secretary are two certifications dedicated to those professionals performing paralegal and legal secretary/assistant duties, respectively. You may apply for each exam online; however, if you wish to fill out an application and mail or fax it to the NALS Resource Center, you can download the applications by using the links below.

NALS offers continuing legal education and exam preparation through the Online Study Group!

Accredited Legal Professional
Current Number Certified: 3,155

Professional Legal Secretary
Current Number Certified: 5,709

Professional Paralegal
Current Number Certified: 553

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