CP Exam Prep, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida, is dedicated to helping paralegals pass the CP exam and receive NALA certification. Passing this exam opens doors of opportunity. Here, we answer some common questions about the exam, the industry, and our program.
Q: What is a legal assistant (Paralegal)? A: A legal assistant is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity in a capacity or function which involves the performance, under the ultimate direction and supervision of an attorney, of specifically delegated, substantive legal work, which work, for the most part, requires a sufficient knowledge of legal concepts that, absent such assistant, the attorney would perform the task.
Q: Why is the designation CLA evolving to CP? A: When NALA began, there were certified legal assistants and legal secretaries. As time has gone by, legal secretaries were called legal assistants. This is the term used to this day for the job duties associated with a legal assistant. A certified paralegal is distinctive and distinguishable from the legal secretary/legal assistant.
Q: What do paralegals and legal assistants do? Where do they work? A: Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers. They maintain and organize files, conduct legal research, and draft documents. They require an understanding of basic law industry practices. They are found in all types of organizations, but most work for law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies. They usually work full-time. To meet deadlines, overtime is at times required within this field of work.
Q: Why should I take the certification examination if I graduated from a paralegal program? A: The exam offers the most prestigious national accreditation for paralegals. While your school may be recognized in your local community, other states may not recognize your certificate. Prospective employers know that if you are certified by NALA or the NFPA that you have the training and experience to carry out the duties of a paralegal anywhere in the United States. Passing the exam allows you to confidently accept work anywhere within the U.S.
Q: How do I join a GoToMeeting class? A: Open your invitation emails, and click the Join URL.
Q: Do I need a GoToMeeting account to attend a class? A: No. Once you have registered and paid your tuition, you will receive an invitation email to each of the classes you selected.
Q: What are the system requirements for attending a GoToMeeting class? A: A: You must be on an operating system for Windows™ 8, 7, Vista, Server 2003, or XP; or Mac OSX™ 10.6 (Snow Leopard™) or newer. You'll also need to use one of the following internet browsers: Internet Explorer™ 7.0 or newer; Mozilla™ Firefox™ 4.0 or newer; Safari™ 3.0 or newer; or Google Chrome™.
Q: What equipment do I need for GoToMeeting? A: You'll need an internet connection (broadband is best), microphone and speakers (built-in or USB headset), and webcam to use HDFaces™ video conferencing. Most computers have built-in microphones and speakers. You will get much better audio quality if you use a headset or handset. You can also make calls on your landline or mobile device.
Q: Can I attend a GoToMeeting class from an iPad, iPhone, iPod®Touch, or an Android smartphone/tablet? A: Yes, you can attend classes on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Android smartphone/tablet as an attendee only. You won't have the ability to share your screen if given presenter control.
Q: Can I view GoToMeeting presentations in full-screen mode? A: Yes, on the top of the Attendee Control Panel, select the "View" menu and then "Full Screen," or you can click the "View" button on the "Grab Tab" to toggle between "Full Screen" and "Window" mode.
Q: Why do I hear an echo, static, feedback and or noise on the conference call? A: Echo and microphone feedback can be caused by the improper placement of hardware, or potentially the misconfiguration of either hardware or software settings.