Kansas Association of Legal Assistants • Paralegals

KALA is the professional association for the Kansas Association of Legal Assistants • Paralegals. Formed in 1981 and affiliated with the National Association for Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA), KALA endorses recognition of a system of professional credentials for legal assistants/paralegals through certification, legal education, and/or specialized training.

A legal assistant is one who, because of special education, training and/or experience, is skilled in the delivery of legal services and who, in the delivery of those services, works under the direct supervision of a licensed, practicing attorney.

  • KALA is a state-wide organization that offers its members a wider range of information and viewpoints. Legal assistants must be aware of national, as well as state, developments and trends.
  • KALA supports and endorses formal legal education for legal assistants. KALA offers continuing legal education seminars and practicums specifically for legal assistants and legal assistant students.
  • KALA supports and endorses certification via the CLA Exam administered by NALA. Legal assistants who successfully complete the two-day exam earn the right to use the CLA designation. Specialty certification is available to CLA's through testing in selected substantive areas.
  • KALA also offers a Job Registry of available legal assistant openings; the service is provided to KALA members and employers.
  • KALA conducts a CLA Study Group to help its members prepare for the CLA Exam on an as-needed basis. This is provided as a free membership benefit; non-members are eligible to participate but must pay a registration cost.
  • KALA holds regular monthly membership meetings, featuring educational programs, annual seminars, practicums and social events.
  • KALA publishes its newsletter, KALA Reports, on a bi-monthly basis and features information about KALA events, committees, announcements, ethics, educational articles, and information about NALA.

You are invited to join the membership of KALA. KALA offers four classes of membership.

To view the KALA brochure, click here.

For more information or membership applications, contact:

P.O. Box 47031
Wichita, KS 67201

or e-mail Annette L. Meece, CLA

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