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 Lunch & Learn 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 Lunch & Learn CLE and Brown Bag Luncheons on CAPA's Calendar.

CLE Tracking

Click the links below for lists of CAPA's CLE programs for this year and last year:

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.


Click to go to NALA website.NALA Continuing Legal Education

NALA Online ~ What's Happening at NALA?? Find NALA CLE here:

NALA Home Webpage
NALA Continuing Education

NALA Certified Paralegal Certification

What is "CP Certification" for paralegals? CLICK HERE for information about the CP certification process and testing.

The NALA Certified Paralegal Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA).

2018 CP Exam Changes

The NALA Certifying Board provides oversight for the development and ongoing maintenance of the Certified Paralegal Examination. The Certifying Board approved the new structure for the CP examination effective January 2018 due to results of the recent job analysis, improvements in technology, and recent refinements by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The new exam structure allows for a new format and content, quicker exam results, and more testing windows! 

To read all the new exam specifications click here.

The Knowledge Exam will be administered on-demand, year-round at testing centers with preliminary result reporting upon completion. The Skills Exam will be administered during four testing windows each year: February, April, July, and October.

Exam Fees ~

First time candidates

  • Nonrefundable examination fee of $250 for NALA members, $275 for nonmembers.
  • Includes one attempt for the Knowledge Exam and one attempt for the Skills exam.

Retake candidates

  • Nonrefundable attempt fee of $60 per subsequent attempt for the Knowledge Exam.
  • Nonrefundable attempt fee of $60 per subsequent attempt for the Skills Exam.
NALA Study Materials ~ Study References available:
  • NALA Manual for Paralegals and Legal Assistants (6E)
  • Certified Paralegal Study Guide and Mock Examination (5E)
  • Certified Paralegal Exam Review Manual: A Practical Guide to CP Exam Preparation (4E)
  • 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

NALA 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 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.

CP Study Group for the NALA Certified Paralegal Exam. If you are a CAPA member preparing to take the Certified Paralegal 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: See NALA Study Materials above and click here for the NALA Certifying Board's suggested study references.  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.

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.

CLE Seminars




Lunch & Learn CLE Seminars

Alice Lineberry, PLS, CP
DLA Piper LLP (US)
401 Congress Avenue, Suite 2500
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 457-7136
Fax: (512) 457-7001

Certified Paralegal Study Group

Updated 3.7.2018


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