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Inland Empire
Legal Document Assistant Association


Legal Assistant/Paralegal Certification

The Inland Empire Legal Document Assistant Association (IELDAA) is dedicated to certifying, training, advancing, and marketing Legal Assistants/Paralegals.  Our organization offers certification for legal professionals "Nationwide."  All Legal Assistants/Paralegals must join our organization to take our certification exam.  The annual membership fee is $75.00.

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Membership Cards
All IELDAA's members will receive a membership card upon joining our organization.  Upon successfully passing the CLDA or CLDAS exam, a certification card will be issued.

Membership Benefits
All IELDAA's members will receive a distinguishable membership certificate suitable for wall hanging. Also, members will receive IELDAA's monthly newsletter, The Legal Document Assistant Forum.

Membership Criteria
To join IELDAA, you must do one of the following:

  • Submit your transcript or Certificate of Completion from a Legal Assistant / Paralegal Program.
  • Submit your transcript or Certificate of Completion from an AA, BA, or MA Degree earned in Legal Studies or a similar field.
  • Submit a letter from your employer or previous employer verifying Legal Assistant / Paralegal experience.
  • Submit proof of experience working as a Legal Document Assistant as a business owner or support staff.
  • Submit a transcript from a law school you graduated from or a copy of your degree.
  • Submit proof that you are currently enrolled in a Legal Assistant / Paralegal program.




Certification Benefits
Now with IEDAA's "Certified Legal Document Assistant" (CLDA) designation, and "Certified Legal Document Assistant Specialized" (CLDAS), Legal Document Assistants will be able to show clients that they are both knowledgeable and reliable.

CLDA's and CLDAS's have all the benefits of membership, plus a complementary IELDAA's referral directory. The IELDAA's referral directory is by far the most professional, cost-effective advertising available.  Further, members will have the opportunity to become part of a team of Legal Document Assistants providing and receiving mentoring, advice and assistance from other members.

Certification Criteria
To become a CLDA or CLDAS, you must:

  • Meet qualifications for membership.
  • Complete the application for IELDAA membership and CLDA / CLDAS examination.
  • Pass the CLDA or CLDAS examination with a score of 70 or above.

Specialized Certification

Specialized Certification is available for Legal Document Assistants with a great deal of experience in the fields of:

  • Family Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Estate Planning 
  • Civil Law 




IELDAA's membership benefits are available to you for just $75.00 annually.

The CLDA examination cost is $200.00, which includes study materials and mock examinations. The specialized certification examination is $300.00, which includes study materials and mock examinations.


Legal Document Assistant Careers

A Legal Document Assistant is any person who provides, assists in providing, offers to provide, or offers to assist in providing for compensation, any self-help service to a member of the public, who is representing himself or herself in a legal matter, or who holds himself or herself out as someone who offers that service or has that authority. Business and Professions Code Section 6400.

Legal Advice
Legal Document Assistants are not attorneys and are prohibited from giving legal advice.

Code of Ethics
All IELDAA's members will receive our Code of Ethics. All members voluntarily agree to uphold the Code of Ethics.



Our organization is dedicated to certifying, training, advancing, and marketing legal document assistants.


In conjunction with our organization the Inland Empire Legal Nurse Consultant Association IELNCA offers certification for Legal Nurse Consultants, please contact us for more information.