Certified Legal Investigators Program


Elevating the Standards of the Profession

In 1967, the founding members of the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) came together to form an association of professional legal investigators united by common goals—to enhance and elevate the profession by establishing a forum and platform in order to provide professional development and continuing education to the legal investigator. In 1978, NALI created the Certified Legal Investigator® (CLI®) Program, which established an avenue for legal investigators to earn a revered professional board certification unparalleled in the history of the investigative profession. Through rigid examination, oral ethical testing, role playing, statement taking, and white paper authorship, NALI provides the legal investigator an opportunity to be considered one of the highest skilled investigators in the world.

Certified Legal Investigators now enjoy recognition of their achievement in the legal and investigative community, in the courtroom, and by their employers. A CLI can, and often does, receive additional financial benefits when an employer recognizes the added value of expertise after earning the CLI designation.

Legal investigators who make a commitment to obtain the designation of CLI elevate the profession and, more importantly, themselves. Anyone who has gone through the challenging process of CLI certification will tell you the experience and benefits were well worth the time, effort, and energy. Earning the CLI designation is one of the most rewarding highlights in any investigator’s professional career.


Janiece Lee, CLI
NALI CLI Chairperson

Certified Legal Investigator® and CLI® are registered trademarks of the National Association of Legal Investigators, Inc. Any use of these designations without the organization’s written approval is strictly prohibited. For a list of Certified Legal Investigators® in the United States, or for more information regarding the CLI Program, please contact the CLI Chairperson, Janiece Lee, CLI at 901-356-0770.

To continue learning more about CLI, view the CLI Requirements or Learn more about the CLI Exam.