CAPA LEGAL EDUCATION
CLA/CP Study Group for the NALA Certified Legal Assistant/Certified Paralegal Exams. If you are a CAPA member preparing to take the CLA/CP Exam or if you are interested in brushing up on your professional skills and knowledge as a paralegal, consider joining with other CAPA members and section leaders to study essential paralegal topics.
Available to: CAPA Members
Fees: No charge, except for incidental copying charges if needed.
Printed Handouts: Some Section Leaders may have printed handouts; incidental printing costs may apply.
Study Materials:NALA Manual for Paralegals (5E); NALA CLA Review Manual (2E); NALA CLA Study Guide & Mock Exam (4E); The Elements of Style by Strunk & White (3E) is used for the Communications section; and A Uniform System of Citation, Harvard Law Review Association, is used for the Legal Research section. Please arrange purchase of these materials independently (not provided through CAPA), available through NALA or local bookstores -- or get together with a study partner to share expenses.
More Info: Find upcoming study sessions and register to attend on CAPA's Calendar. For more information, please contact email.
CAPA Monthly Meetings
Most CAPA monthly luncheon meetings have a topical speaker on a legal subject which provides approved CLE credit under both NALA and TBLS. CLE credit slips are available at the monthly meetings. These are easy opportunities to further your legal education, develop new skills, and update your knowledge on changing laws, regulations, and court practices.
Join us on the last Wednesday of each month (except December) for our monthly luncheon meeting. Look for details on CAPA's Calendar.
CAPA Brown Bag and Sponsored CLE Luncheons
CAPA members can take advantage of this series of CLE opportunities held during lunch hours. Some of the meetings are sponsored by a Sustaining Member, and lunch is provided at no cost to CAPA members (a "Sponsored CLE"). Others are true "Brown Bag" sessions. Find upcoming scheduled Sponsored CLE and Brown Bag Luncheons on CAPA's Calendar.
Click the links below for lists of CAPA's CLE programs for this year and last year:
CAPA 2012 CLE
CAPA 2013 CLE
Nancy McLaughlin Scholarships
Nancy Carmen McLaughlin, CLAS, TPS, was a very active member of CAPA and the Paralegal Division of the State Bar of Texas until her sudden death in 2000. To honor Nancy, CAPA awards scholarships annually. For more information, see the Nancy McLaughlin Scholarship page.
NALA Continuing Legal Education
CLA/CP Certification ~ What is "CLA/CP Certification" for paralegals? CLICK HERE for information about the CLA/CP certification process and testing.
Beginning in the Fall of 2010, the Certified Paralegal Exam will move to computer based testing. CLICK HERE for information describing the new process, recently released by the NALA Certifying Board.
Click here for the current CLA/CP Exam Schedule.
Exam Fees ~
NALA Study Materials
- CLA/CP $250 Members / $275 Non-Members;
- Retakes $60 Per Section.
~ Study References available:
- NALA Manual for Paralegals and Legal Assistants (5E)
- Certified Paralegal Study Guide and Mock Examination (4E)
- Certified Paralegal Review Manual: A Practical Guide to CP Exam Preparation (3E)
- The Elements of Style, Strunk & White (4E)
- A Uniform System of Citation, Harvard Law Review Association (19E)
You can order NALA study references online here: NALA Books
Advanced Paralegal Certification Program ~ In 2006, NALA unveiled a new web-based format for the advanced certification program which replaced the CLA Specialty ("CLAS") Program and exams. Paralegals who have a valid CLA/CP certification credential from NALA and successfully complete an Advanced Paralegal Certification course are awarded use of the credential "ACP," Advanced Certified Paralegal.
ACP Course Fees ~ The registration fee for an Advanced Paralegal Certification course is $250 for members and $300 for non-members of NALA.
For the Personal Injury program, the Core Course is $300 for members and $350 for non-members. This includes a registration for practice area course.
Personal Injury practice area courses are individually priced at $150 for members; $200 for non-members.
For APC program details and the courses currently offered, see: NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Program.
NALA Online ~ What's Happening at NALA?? Find NALA CLE here:
NALA Home Webpage
NALA LIVE! Schedule
NALA Campus (Online CLE)
Paralegal Division and District 4
The Paralegal Division - State Bar of Texas offers continuing education for paralegals and legal assistants. You can search their offerings by city or topic. For Paralegal Division CLE offerings and information, please visit their website at Paralegal Division CLE Offerings.
Continuing Legal Education Committee
CAPA's Continuing Legal Education Committee and Chair have many responsibilities which are critical to the professional development of our paralegal members. If you would like to join this committee, have ideas for paralegal continuing education or legal expertise you would like to share with other paralegals, please contact email.
Lisa McComb, Chair
8111 Mainland Drive, Suite 104-425
San Antonio, TX 78240
Phone: (512) 739-2209
Brown Bag CLE Seminars
Candace Winkler, Chair
1609 Shoal Creek Blvd., Suite 310
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (866) 440-8187 ext. 232
CLA/CP Study Group
Claudia Gonzales, CP
Texas Disposal Systems
12200 Carl Road
Creedmore, TX 78610
Phone: (512) 421-7675