NALA Certifications

*MPA is affiliated with the National Association of Legal Assistants. NALA offers the Certification Paralegal "CP" exam and Advanced Certified Paralegal "ACP" credential. 

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What are NALA Certifications?


            “The American Bar Association defines certification as “a process by which a non-governmental agency or association grants recognition to an individual who has met certain predetermined qualifications specified by that agency or association.” Certification usually involves passing an examination established by the sponsoring organization and meeting specified educational and/or experiential requirements.” 

Obtaining the Certified Paralegal credential is different from being awarded a Certificate of Completion from a school or training program. The professional certification earned through NALA "signifies that a paralegal is capable of providing superior services to firms and corporations.

The American Bar Association recognizes the CP credential as a mark of high professional achievement. 

"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!"*

Student Scholarship Opportunities

Our student essay contest begins in September and winners are announced in October, each year.

How do I qualify for a student scholarship?

  • Are you a current student or looking to enroll soon in an accredited school?

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Potential Winner prizes

First place - $400
Second place - $300
Third place - $200