of Pennsylvania... the association for legal professionals


 

 



 

MEMBER BENEFITS


Membership is open to legal secretaries, paralegals, legal assistants and others employed in a law office, the courts, the trust department of a bank or trust company, or any public or private institution or office directly engaged in work of a law related nature.

What Membership in NALS of Pennsylvania offers is continuing legal education through seminars and legal education programs.

Certification

With three levels of certification NALS offers something for everyone and if you are just starting your career we offer you ways to prove yourself as you advance and gain experience.

Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) – The ALS certification is for beginners in the legal industry and helps you to prove your capabilities. This is a four-hour, three-part exam covering written communications, office procedures and legal knowledge, and ethics.

Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) – The PLS certification is an advanced certification for legal professionals showing a mastery of skills.  This is a four-part exam covering written communications, office procedures and technology, ethics, and legal knowledge and skills.

Professional Paralegal (PP) – Are you looking for a way to establish your credentials nationwide as a Professional Paralegal? Established in 2004 at our members’ request, the 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. This exam covers written communications, legal knowledge and skills, ethics, and substantive law.

Online Study Group – NALS members are offered a free online study group to help them prepare for any of the three NALS certifications.

Affinity Programs
Members enjoy discounts on a variety of goods and services.

Communications
NALS is on the cutting edge of technology by providing information to you in the ways you want to receive it.  Whether it is a print publication, digital newsletter, email alerts, or even through social media, NALS will keep you up to date on what is going on in the association and the industry.

@Law – The NALS magazine for legal professionals is sent to members four times per year and includes expert written articles on all areas of law as well as specific topics of interest to members.  This is a top-notch publication that NALS members can be proud of while learning from the content and anticipating the next issue.

the NALS docket - A new feature for members is this digital newsletter that includes e-Learn (a trend update), Leading the Way (information from NALS committees), Blogworthy (information on what the blogging world is talking about), ReTweet (the chatter on Twitter), member spotlights, news from the president and executive director and more information from NALS.

e-News – This is the electronic newsletter from NALS.  e-News is sent to member inboxes each week with reminders and information on ways you can utilize your membership.  These are also great deadline reminders so you do not miss any opportunities!

insideNALS – The official NALS blog features posts from NALS officers and NALS staff and will also show the latest posts made to the NALS website, including press releases and industry news, and article content that is also featured in @Law and the NALS docket.

Community – NALS has a widespread online community keeping in touch with members and letting the world know what we are doing.  Our presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and through our own online social network, the NALS Community, gives you the opportunity to stay in touch the way you are comfortable.

Conferences
We all still like to meet in person, and NALS conferences are well known for offering great education while creating a fun environment for you to enjoy your time away from the office.  With state, regional and two national conferences we hope that you can make the most out of your membership and attend a NALS conference.

NALS Education Conference & National Forum – The crown jewel of NALS conferences, this gathering features three days of education and networking opportunities at different destinations each year.  Held in October, this conference changes locations around the country so keep any eye out as it may be headed your way soon!

Professional Development & Education Conference – NALS gathers each March in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the home of the NALS Resource Center), to provide members with the leadership knowledge and skills it takes to successfully operate a local or state chapter.  Not planning on becoming a NALS leader?  This conference also offers an educational track providing you with great speakers on timely topics.

Regional Conferences – NALS is broken down into eight regions.  These regions host one conference each year providing you with a closer-to-home way to attend a NALS event.  Many of these conferences are held in the summer and vary in location and schedules.

Other opportunities are available through the NALS website at www.nals.org.