Research and Survey Findings

NALA National Utilization and Compensation Survey
About every 2 years, NALA conducts a national survey of paralegals. Paralegals invited to participate include members of NALA, non-members, and members of NALA affiliated associations. This "look" at the paralegal profession has produced some interesting and valuable data through the years. The findings are divided into 4 sections: participant background; employers and practice areas; billing rates; and compensation levels.  The survey analysis includes reviews of current findings in comparison with findings of previous surveys. Economic data is presented in terms of such factors as size of city, size of firm, educational backgrounds, years of experience, and specialty area of practice.

For a report of the survey findings:

Job Analysis
The latest nationwide study of paralegal duties was conducted by NALA and results reported in the Job Analysis released in May 2012. This report provides detailed information about on-the-job duties and responsibilities of paralegals, and skills needed to perform their work. Survey findings are utilized by the NALA Certifying Board to ensure the Certified Paralegal examination focuses on the skills and knowledge required of working paralegals in today’s environment. The job analysis study is conducted appoximately every 6 years.