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Professional Legal Secretary (PLS)

Professional Legal Secretary (PLS®) is the designation for lawyer's assistants who want to be identified as exceptional. Certification is received after passing a one-day, four-part examination which demonstrates not only dedication to professionalism but acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional.


Certification Summary
Examination Papers & Topics
The PLS Examination consist of four parts:
  • PART 1: Written Communications
  • PART 2: Office Procedures and Technology
  • PART 3: Ethics and Judgment
  • PART 4: Legal Knowledge and Skills
Examination Style
All four parts of the examination must be taken on the first attempt. If you do not pass the entire examination on the first attempt, but do pass one or more parts, you may retake the part (or parts) you failed. All failed parts must be retaken at the same time.
Examination & Results Dates
Examination Dates Each Year
  • March: First Saturday in March
  • September: Last Saturday in September
Areas of Specialization
  • Legal
Professional Body The association for legal Professionals
Location of Incorporation United States