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2015 Durham Tech NALA Exam Schedule

10 Mar

2015 NALA exam schedule

Friday May 15

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Examinee sign in

9:00 a.m.                                  Communications – 1.5 hrs

10:45 a.m.                                Ethics – 1 hr

12:30 p.m.                                Substantive Law – 2 hrs

Saturday May 16

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.               Examinee sign in

9:00 a.m.                                  Legal Research – 1 hr

10:30 a.m.                                Judgment & Analytical Ability – 2 hrs

For more information on the NALA and NCCP exams, visit the blog’s Certification page.

Interested in an excellent NCCP review? Check with the North Carolina Bar Association–but do it now. The 2015 NCCP exam review course is May 12-13. Student members get a huge discount.


2014-15 CPE’s from the NCBA

21 Oct

From our friends at the North Carolina Bar Association:

The NCBA Paralegal Division has an exciting line-up of live and webcast CPE programming for the 2014-2015 year! Make plans now to attend the following programs:

• March 12-13, 2015 NCCP Examination Review Course (Live and Webcast)
Bar Center, Cary (video replays in Cary and Charlotte TBA)

• April 30, 2015 IP Institute for Paralegals (Live)
Bar Center, Cary (video replays in Cary and Charlotte TBA)

• May 8, 2015 Paralegal Division Annual Meeting (Live)
Grandover Resort & Conference Center, Greensboro

Our popular monthly Webcast Series continues, so save the dates now for the following one-hour CPEs, each of which will be presented from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on the day of the program:

• October 21, 2014 North Carolina Legislative Update for Paralegals
Speaker: Kimberly Crouch, North Carolina Bar Association

• November 19, 2014 Patent Law After the America Invents Act
Speaker: Andrew R. Shores, Esq., Ward and Smith, P.A.
(online registration pending)

• December 17, 2014 Legal Research Refresher for Paralegals
Speaker: Carolyn Scott, Young Moore and Henderson, PA

The NCBA Paralegal Division Webcast Series is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification. Each presentation is offered free to members (use code PARALEGALDIVISION at checkout) and only $25 for non-members.

NCCP Exam Application Deadline Extended

14 Jul

The deadline to apply to sit for the NCCP exam on October 11, 2014 has been extended to August 5, 2014. For more information, see the blog’s Certification page.

Job Opportunity: Durham, NC

8 Jul

A law firm in Durham is looking for part-time help. Please contact them directly.

Job Description

Title: Secretary/Receptionist/Legal Assistant

Situation: Small law office in downtown Durham seeks student for part-time work, supplementing and complementing the work of one other part-time support person.

Two attorneys concentrate on representation of clients on criminal and traffic matters; many of these clients are of Latin-American origin.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. answer and make phone calls; receive and send emails & faxes;
2. greet and deal with clients who come to office;
3. accept, account for, and secure payments;
4. create, process and close case folders;
5. enter data into case management and financial management databases;
6. create and edit a variety of word-processing documents;
7. research case and court information on the internet;
8. deliver to and retrieve material from the courthouse



  • Education: Successful completion of high school
  • Experience: Familiarity with word-processing & email


  • Education: Enrollment at Durham Tech in courses leading to an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or Paralegal studies
  • Experience: Familiarity with computers and business-related software programs, such as spreadsheets and databases. Previous employment in an office setting.
  • Other: Some oral and written fluency in Spanish. Ability and willingness to work with the other part-time support people in creating and adhering to staffing schedules, minimizing gaps and overlaps.

Pay: negotiable

For further information, and/or to schedule an interview, please call or email.

Office phone: (919) 321-8277
Cell phone: Stephen Motta (919) 599-4236 or Miguel Muños (919) 609-5718
Email:  or

NALA Exam Schedule

24 Feb

The 2014 NALA Exam at Durham Technical Community College has been tentatively scheduled for May 16 and 17 in White 48. 

The Certified Paralegal Examination is divided into five separate sections. The sections and allowed time are as follows:

• Communications – 1 ½ hours

• Judgment & Analytical Ability – 2 hours, essay required

• Ethics – 1 hour

• Legal Research – 1 hour

• Substantive Law – 2 hours (American Legal System, Civil Litigation, Business Organizations, and Contracts.)

Tentative Schedule:

Friday May 16

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            Examinee sign in

9:00 a.m.                                    Communications – 1.5 hrs

10:45 a.m.                                  Ethics – 1 hr

12:30 p.m.                                  Substantive Law – 2 hrs

Saturday May 17

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.            Examinee sign in

9:00 a.m.                                    Legal Research – 1 hr

10:30 a.m.                                  Judgment & Analytical Ability – 2 hrs

  • For an overview of the NALA exam and fees, visit the DTCC Paralegal Program blog’s certification page.
  • For comprehensive information on the exam, visit and click on “certification”.

Areas Tested on the NALA Exam

23 Jan
The LEX 287 CLA Review class doesn’t start until the second mini-mester, but you can get a jump on what’s on the NALA certification exam here, and by checking out the Certification page of the blog. NALA changed the way the exam was structured in September, 2013. The Substantive Law section no longer offers examinees the option to test on Administrative Law, Bankruptcy, Criminal Law & Procedure, Estates and Probate, Family Law and Real Estate.
Examinees will be tested on five areas, with the last area–Substantive Law–broken down into four separate areas.:
Legal Research
Judgment & Analytical Ability
Substantive Law:
  •     American Legal System
  •     Civil Litigation
  •     Contracts
  •     Business Organizations
What kinds of questions in those areas can you expect? Click here for the September 2013 Exam Specifications.
Here’s how the exam is weighted and scored based on NALA’s September 2013 exam:
Examination Section Total
Percent of Points
to Pass,
September 2013
Communications 75 79%
Ethics 75 81%
Judgment and Analytical Ability 150 77%
Legal Research 50 76%
Substantive Law 200 78%
How did they come up with the passing scores? That answer is a little more complicated, but you can read NALA’s rationale here. The short version is that the passing score for each section may change according to what questions are in the pool for any given exam. The May 2014 exam may (or may not) have a slightly different question pool.

Got Questions About Certification?

13 Jan

ImageVisit the DTCC Paralegal Program Blog’s certification page for information on the National Association of Legal Assistants and North Carolina Certified Paralegal exams. If you are planning on taking the NALA exam this spring (and you should!), now is a good time to start planning for success. The deadline for applying to take the May 2014 NALA exam is April 1st, 2014. NCCP examinees have a different set of qualifications than NALA examinees, and have until this Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 to get their notarized applications submitted for the April exam.