NALA best describes the reasons to be certified below:
NALA CLA/CP program establishes and serves as:

1) National professional standard for legal assistants;

2) Means of identifying those who have reached this standard;

3) Credentialing program responsive to the needs of legal assistants and responsive to the fact that this form of self-regulation is necessary to strengthen and expand development of this career field; and 4) Positive, ongoing, voluntary program to encourage the growth of the legal assistant profession, attesting to and encouraging a high level of achievement.”

Becoming a certified paralegal signifies that a legal assistant is capable of providing superior services to firms and corporations. National surveys consistently show Certified Paralegals are better paid and utilized in a field where attorneys are looking for a credible and dependable way to measure ability. The credential has been recognized by the ABA as a designation which marks a high level of professional achievement. Additionally, if you move from California, attorneys in other states recognize the certified paralegal distinction which enables you to find a job more quickly. The CLA/CP credential has also been recognized by over 47 legal assistant organizations and numerous bar associations. In 2006 and 2007, standards for paralegal certification state entities were announced in Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. The Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas also offers a voluntary state certification program.


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