Facts & Findings

Facts & Findings

NALA’s award-winning quarterly journal, Facts & Findings, is a premier source of information designed specifically for paralegals. This magazine offers the best educational articles written by paralegals, attorneys, and other experts. In addition to feature articles, each issue includes columns on ethics, technology, and software.

NALA Members receive a complimentary yearly subscription to these journals, as well as several additional benefits. Members can access all our publications anytime directly from their personal NALA account.

Subscription Options

  • NALA Members receive a complimentary subscription to   Facts & Findings   with their membership.
  • 1- year subscription – $35
  • 2-year subscription – $50

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Editorial & Article Submissions

If you would like to submit an article for consideration by the Facts & Findings Editorial Board, please email the following items to editor@nala.org:

  • Article
  • Current contact information
  • Short author bio (100 words max)
  • High-resolution professional headshot
Article Submission

We can’t wait to see what information you want to share! Before submitting, please take a moment to review the Editorial Guidelines. All articles are reviewed by the board before a publication decision is made. Publishing and editorial decisions are based on the editors’ judgment of the writing, timeliness of the article, and the interest of the readers.

Editorial Board Structure

NALA members, who are volunteer paralegals, serve on the Editorial Board for this magazine to ensure its timeliness and relevance of articles to working paralegals. Members of the Editorial Board are also members of the NALA Continuing Education Council. The Chair of the Continuing Education Council also serves as the editor of Facts & Findings.

Earning CLE for Published Articles

Certified Paralegals can earn CLE credit if they submit an article for Facts & Findings and it has been approved for publishing. Hours may be awarded for publishing an article of at least 1,000 words in a legal periodical or book on a subject of substantive law or procedure related to the work of paralegals. CLE Hours Calculation: Certified Paralegals will be awarded three CLE hours for an individually-authored article of at least 1,000 words published in a legal publication in accordance with NALA Facts & Findings Editorial Guidelines (2014) or similar published guidelines. Hours for articles with more than one author will be awarded pro-rata based upon the number of authors and words.

CLE will only be granted once the article has been approved by the Facts & Findings Editorial Board. For more information on earning CLE credit click here.

From the Editorial Board

A Note about Articles Submitted by Vendors:
Facts & Findings welcomes educational articles by all vendors. All articles are reviewed and selected for publication by the Facts & Findings Editorial Board. The Board selects articles on the basis of timeliness, appeal to paralegals, and demonstration of how the product or service provides solutions to problems encountered by paralegals such as last-minute filings or failure of equipment. The article should also discuss how the use of a product or service increases the value of paralegal services to firms or employers. If an article is selected for publication, the Editorial Board will schedule the issue in which the article will appear. Scheduling includes the article’s fit with other articles in a particular issue. The Editorial Board will also communicate with authors about any revisions needed to conform to Facts & Findings style and space considerations.

If you would like to submit an article for consideration by the Facts & Findings Editorial Board, send the article and an author bio to editor@nala.org.

Available Online Facts & Findings Articles

Introduction This article summarizes the most important findings and implications of research I conducted on the use of plea bargains throughout the Cook County criminal justice system during my time as an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago. Does plea bargaining promote expediency at the expense of just outcomes when used to resolve cases […]

Managing the multiple components of the litigation process can be both time-consuming and tedious. While litigation teams use many technology tools, my favorite is deposition transcript software (DTS). Using such software will save time and money. Unfortunately, I have also experienced the pain of quickly finding information from antiquated page/line summaries for the trial attorney. DTS […]

The thought of considering another job can be stressful. There are many factors to consider, like the location, the type of work you will be doing, and who you will be working with. When looking for a job opportunity, be strategic and do your homework. Do your due diligence and research to find what you […]

It is abundantly clear that the last few years have dramatically changed the legal profession. From the way depositions are conducted to remote trials, many of the day-to-day tasks of a paralegal have evolved. To find out just how much things have changed and to learn firsthand what paralegals are dealing with daily, we surveyed […]

Paralegal billing is one of the key revenue generators for your firm’s payroll, operating expenses, benefits, and bonuses. This review of best practices aims to help you better capture efficient billing time for your firm. Paralegals, like attorneys, must abide by ethical billing practices, such as 1) charging reasonable fees (cannot be unconscionable), 2) completing […]

  The role of the paralegal naturally encompasses basic project management principles. For example, litigation paralegals situated in a solo practice or small law firm may act in the capacity of the case management lead, overseeing a case from pre-litigation through post-judgment and enforcement. In a larger law firm, a paralegal manager or supervisor may […]