WHAT IS A CALIFORNIA ADVANCED SPECIALIST (CAS)?

The California Advanced Specialty program was created in 1994 through an agreement between the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA). The Commission for Advanced California Paralegal Specialization, Inc. (Commission) was created as the entity to oversee, develop and implement the California Advanced Specialist Examination Program in order to certify qualifying paralegals as having advanced knowledge in a specialty area of law based on California statutory and procedural requirements and case law. The Commission works closely with both NALA and CAPA to implement the goals of paralegals in California to maintain a paralegal advanced certification program. A California Advanced Specialists (CAS) is a paralegal/legal assistant who has successfully completed the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination and the California Advanced Specialty (CAS) examination offered by the Commission for Advanced California Paralegal Specialization (CACPS). CACPS is currently revising its test-taking methods and is preparing web-based examinations to mirror that of NALA’s Advanced Certified Paralegal online exams. The first online examination, California Discovery, was prepared in April 2008. The online assessment is comprised of three modules that are an addition to NALA’s Advanced Paralegal Certification Program in Discovery. The California portion highlights the differences between Federal and California discovery laws and procedures. A Certified Paralegal (CLA/CP) who successfully passes the discovery online assessment will earn the credential ACP/CAS. Paralegals that do not have the CLA/CP certification are welcome to participate in these advanced specialty programs, but the credentials will not be awarded. Other CAS assessments under development include personal injury, real property litigation, probate and trust administration, corporations, trusts & estates, and corporate business law. The course is a presentation of text and slides, divided into 10-15 modules consisting of 12 pages each. There is a test after each module, which consists of multiple choice and true/false questions. The program will tell you what is incorrect and include a link back to a page for more study and review. You must receive a 90% on all modules to pass. If you do not receive a 90% score, you will be required to repeat the modules until the score is achieved. The retake of the modules will have different questions from the first test. For more information, please go to
http://www.cla-cas.org

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