The ABA’s Law Practice Management Certification is the primary professional certification for lawyers in most states. Other options include the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and National Board of Legal Studies & Examinations (NBLS/E), which are both accredited by the ABA. Both NALA and NBLS/E certify paralegals, but only after they complete several levels of study in legal studies, including an examination based on a set of written law-related materials called “cases” that attorneys must read through before taking the NALA or NBLS/E exam. The NALA also offers associate certification for paralegals who have passed cases with scores above 85 percent. If you pass cases, you can earn paralegal certification from either association—just make sure to check your state’s requirements first!
For more information about these certifications, visit www.nalaweb.org or www.nblscexamprepplusstudyguidebooklet2017-2018.com .