Paralegals and Legal Assistants
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
To be eligible for the CP examination, a paralegal must meet one of the following alternate requirements:
1. Graduation from a paralegal program that is:
· (a) Approved by the American Bar Association; or
· (b) An associate degree program; or
· (c) A post-baccalaureate certificate program in legal assistant studies; or
· (d) A bachelor's degree program in legal assistant studies; or
· (e) A legal assistant program which consists of a minimum of 60 semester hours (900 clock hours or 90 quarter hours) of which at least 15 semester hours (225 clock hours or 22.5 quarter hours) are substantive legal courses.
NOTE: Under Category 1(e), an applicant may combine college hours from more than one institution. The applicant must have graduated from a legal assistant program consisting of a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 225 clock hours or 22½ quarter hours.) Evidence of the minimum hours required under Category 1(e) must be provided with the application form.
2. A bachelor's degree in any field plus one year's experience as a paralegal. Successful completion of at least 15 semester hours (or 22.5 quarter hours or 225 clock hours) of substantive paralegal courses will be considered equivalent to one year's experience as a paralegal.
3. A high school diploma or equivalent plus seven (7) years' experience as a paralegal under the supervision of a member of the Bar, plus evidence of a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing legal education credit to have been completed within a two (2) year period prior to the examination date.
-CLA/CP examination for NALA members - $250
-CLA/CP examination for non-members of NALA - $275
-Retake fees - $60 per section
For More Information, Contact:
National Association Of Legal Assistants
1516 South Boston, #200
Tulsa, OK 74119
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