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CLA Exam Pocket Review Modules 2011 Edition
Review Text and Practice Questions

Since 1976, the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) program has enabled the legal profession to develop a strong and responsive self-regulatory program offering a solid credential for legal assistants.

To take the CLA exam one must have satisfied a number of eligibility requirements set forth by NALA ( The exam is a two-day comprehensive exam based on US federal law and procedure. Examination sessions are available three times a year: March/April (depending on the holiday schedule); July and December.

The major CLA knowledge domains are:

  • Communications, Human Relations and Interviewing Techniques

  • Ethics

  • Legal Research

  • Judgment & Analytical Ability

  • Substantive Law

In order to pass the entire exam, you must pass all of the main sections with a score of 70% or higher on each.

Our pocket review modules cover the MULTIPLE-CHOICE parts of the exam, which are:

Legal Research
Substantive Law (General)

Legal Research (1.5 hrs) covers:

Sources of law including primary authority, secondary authority; understanding how law is recorded
Research skills including citing the law; shepardizing, updating decisions; procedural rules of citations
Analysis of research problem including identification of relevant facts and legal issues

Substantive Law (2 hrs) - GENERAL covers:

Court system including their structure and jurisdiction
Branches of government, agencies, and concepts such as separation of powers
Legal concepts and principles including sources of law, judicial decision making, appellate process
Sources and classifications of law including the constitution, statutes, common law, civil law, statutory law and equity law
Ethics (1 hr) covers:

Codes, ethical responsibilities, discipline, relationships with co-workers and clients ...etc.

These modules are multiple-choice only. No essay questions at all.

There are some very good text books out there which cover the essential exam topics. A highly recommended one is Burnham's "Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States". Another great reference is Richardson & Regan's "Civil Litigation for Paralegals (2 ed)". The problem is that these masterpieces were not written for CLA exam preparation in mind. It would be difficult to tell whether you are sufficiently ready even after hours and hours of studying.

To help you focus on the relevant exam contents, we develop these review modules to accompany your reading efforts. These modules come with practice review questions in the form of MC/TF, with answers and direct references to the sources so you may look up the relevant topics for further drilling.

A number of major text books were referenced for creating the practice questions, including:

  • Legal Analysis and Writing for Paralegals, by William H Putman (1998)

  • Introduction to Paralegalism: Perspective, Problems and Skills (5 ed.), by Willaim Statsky (1997)

  • Civil Litigation for Paralegals (2 ed), by Elizabeth Richardson and Milton Regan (1998)

  • Criminal Law, by Steven L Emanuel (2003)

  • Paralegal, by Kathryn Quinlan (1998)

  • Reason in Law (4 ed), by Lief Carter (1994)

  • Introduction to the Law and Legal System of the United States, by William Burnham (1995)

  • Revolution by Judiciary: The Structure of American Constitutional Law, by Jed Rubenfeld (2005)


The goal of the practice module is NOT to test your memorization skill. We are not providing you with "real questions" for memorization and cheating. We are giving you practice questions for assessing your knowledge on the different (and difficult) exam topics.

One frequent question encountered when studying for a major exam like this one is whether you have read enough. It is an unfortunate fact that no single text on earth would be sufficient for guaranteed passing with a margin. The more you read, the more you are prepared.

The thing is, with limited time and energy, you just canít read everything. You need to be selective in choosing what to read and what to focus on. If you place the wrong focus, you risk failing the exam.

We develop this review questions module by performing extensive research on a wide array of reference texts. The goal is to provide coverage that is as completed and comprehensive as possible.  If you fail to answer a question, the module will point you to the right source so you may research into the topic accordingly. By going through this process you will know whether you have done enough reading or not, and where you should put further efforts on.


To order this book:

2011 CLA EXAMETRIX Pocket Review for the legal research part of the exam

Price: USD$14.95

ISBN-13: 978-1463713935
ISBN-10: 1463713932
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5" x 8"
Language: English
Color: Black and White

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2011 CLA EXAMETRIX Pocket Review for the ethics part of the exam

Price: USD$13.95

ISBN-13: 978-1463714161
ISBN-10: 1463714165
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5" x 8"
Language: English
Color: Black and White

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To order this book:

2011 CLA EXAMETRIX Pocket Review for the substantive law (general) part of the exam

Price: USD$13.95

ISBN-13: 978-1463714215
ISBN-10: 1463714211
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 5" x 8"
Language: English
Color: Black and White

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