(E) Working under the supervision
of a practicing lawyer or a judge, the Certified Paralegal is
expected to possess:
(F) The same high standard of ethical conduct imposed upon members
of the Bar.
(G) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
(H) Knowledge and understanding of legal terminology and procedures,
as well as procedural and substantive law.
(I) The ability to assume responsibility, exercise initiative
and judgment, and prepare substantive legal documents within
the scope of assigned authority.
(J) Attaining this goal demonstrates dedication to professionalism
and acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional. Personal
motivation is necessary to attain such a goal.
Paralegal Examination Eligibility
Any person who has Five years experience performing paralegal/legal
assistant duties (a candidate may receive a partial waiver of
one year if he or she has a post-secondary degree, other certification,
or a paralegal certificate; a candidate with a paralegal degree
may receive a two-year partial waiver).
The Paralegal Exam Covers
PART 1: Written Communications
PART 2: Legal Knowledge and Skills
PART 3: Ethics and Judgment Skills
PART 4: Substantive Law
Paralegal Examination Guidelines
All four parts of the examination must be taken on the first
attempt with the exception of current PLSs in which only
Part 4 in Substantive Law is needed. If you do not pass the
entire examination on the first attempt, but do pass one or
more parts, you may retake the part (or parts) you failed. All
failed parts must be retaken at the same time.
Those passing the exam will receive a certificate which is valid
for five years. Recertification is required every five years
and may be achieved through the accumulation of continuing legal
education hours and activities.
Paralegal Examination Dates
March: First Saturday
July: In conjunction with NALS regional conferences held in
the month of July only
September: Last Saturday
Paralegal Application Deadlines
March: Postmarked by January 1
July: Postmarked by June 15
September: Postmarked by August 1
Paralegal Examination Fees
For Current PLSs
Members: $50 per part
Nonmembers: $60 per part