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Paralegal Technology: Professional Organizations and Certifications

PP Exam

PP - Professional Paralegal exam was developed by NALS.

Certified 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 examination.

Attention!  NALS recently made a change to their requirements for eligibility to take the Professional Paralegal exam.  PTC paralegal students now qualify to take that exam upon graduation, OR IF YOU ARE CLOSE TO GRADUATING! Follow this link for details.

Students qualify to take this exam when they upon completion of the PTC Paralegal Technology degree.

American Bar Association

Paralegal Certification

Check out this article  from the My Paralegal Place blog for advice on gaining your paralegal certification!

CLA Exam

CLA/CP - Certified Legal Assistant/ Cerified Paralegal exam was developed by NALA.

The CLA/CP exam is divided into five sections. Subject knowledge is required to answer true/false, multiple choise, and matching questions. Analytical skills are tested by an essay question on the Judgment and Analytical Ability section.  Sections of the exam are:  Communications, Ethics, Legal Research, Judgment & Analytical Ability, Substantive Law, American Legal System, Civil Litigation, Contracts, and Business Organizations.

Students qualify to take this exam when they upon completion of the PTC Paralegal Technology degree.


The national and state branches of NFPA:

NFPA - National Federation of Paralegal Associations


PACE - Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam was developed by NFPA.

The exam covers tasks that experienced paralegals routinely perform, regardless of the practice area or geographic region in which they live. These tasks were organized into 5 domains: Administration of Client Legal Matters (23%); Development of Client Legal Matters (30%); Factual and Legal Research (22%); Factual and Legal Writing (20.5%), and Office Administration (4.5%).  Ethics are included in all of the above domains, as are technology and terminology.

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