2017 Membership Dues Change

The NALP Board of Directors has approved several changes to the membership dues structure that will take effect with the 2017 membership year and will provide for the long-term sustainability of the dues structure and the association.

The new plan expands membership in order to provide a professional association membership of value to a growing list of individuals and institutions involved in the legal careers profession. In addition, as directed by the current long-range strategic plan, the Board sought to make membership more appealing to smaller and medium-sized law firms, to non-traditional legal employers and emerging legal employers, and to additional branch offices of member law firms.

One distinguishing feature of the new system is that institutional members will no longer all pay the same dues. In fact, most members will pay less, while a few members will pay more. For the first time, law firms of different sizes will pay different membership dues. In addition, membership for all law schools will see a modest decrease. Click here for a detailed comparison table that will show how the dues structure change will impact firms in 2017.

The board has also modified and expanded the Affiliate membership category — a nonvoting membership category —  to include legal search consultants and NALP alumni/ae. For full descriptions of the new Affiliate member categories, click here.

The chart below shows the new 2017 NALP member dues structure that will take effect on January 1, 2017. The NALP membership year runs from January 1 — December 31. To view the current dues structure, valid through December 31, 2016, click here.


2017 NALP Membership Dues Structure

Membership
Annual Dues
Law Schools
New Law School (first-year introductory rate) $700/yr.
Renewing Law School $900/yr.
Law Firms
New Law Firm (first-year introductory rate) $700/yr.
Renewing Law Firm (up to 100 lawyers) $900/yr.
Renewing Law Firm (more than 100 lawyers) $1200/yr.
Each Additional Office $600/yr.
Other Employers
Government, Public Interest Organizations & Bar Associations $250/yr.
New Corporate/Other Legal Organizations (first-year introductory rate) $700/yr
Renewing Corporate/Other Legal Organizations $900/yr.
Additional Members at Member Institutions
Individual Associate Member $175/yr.
Affiliates
Consultants $350/yr.
Legal Search Consultants $750/yr.
Alumni $99/yr.


For purposes of determining eligibility for the affiliate membership category, the Board defines the four types of non-voting, individual Affiliate membership as follows:


Consultants – This category includes individual consultants as defined below who are not otherwise eligible for voting membership, either as individuals or through their employer. This category does not include legal search consultants. A “consultant” for the purposes of this category is any individual, or any member of an organization or institution with which such individual is employed or affiliated professionally, who provides professional or expert advice or services to law schools or legal employers.

Legal Search Consultants – This category includes individual legal search consultants who adhere to the NALSC (National Association of Legal Search Consultants) Code of Ethics that sets out standards for professional and ethical attorney placement services in the legal community.

NALP Alumni Affiliates – This category is for prior NALP members who have left active employment in the field and who do not otherwise qualify for voting membership or for Affiliate membership in any of the above categories. This category of membership provides electronic access to select NALP publications.


*A "consultant" for the purposes of this category is an individual, or any member of an organization or institution with which such individual is employed or affiliated professionally, who provides professional or expert advice or services to law schools or legal employers.

 

2016 vs. 2017 Comparable Chart for Law Firms

Firms With 100 or More Attorneys

# of Branch Offices 2016
2017
Difference
0 $975 $1,200 $225
1 $1,670 $1,800 $130
2 $2,365 $2,400 $35
3 $3,060 $3,000 -$60
4 $3,755 $3,600 -$155
5 $4,450 $4,200 -$250
6 $5,145 $4,800 -$345
7 $5,140 $5,400 $260
8 $5,735 $6,000 $265
9 $6,330 $6,600 $270
10 $6,925 $7,200 $275
11 $7,520 $7,800 $280
Firms With Fewer Than 100 Attorneys
1 $975 $900 -$75
2 $1,670 $1,500 -$170


The table below shows the current dues structure through December 31, 2016.


2016 NALP Membership Dues Structure

Membership
Annual Dues
Law Schools
New Law School $750/yr.
Renewing Law School $975/yr.
Each Additional Individual Associate Member $175/yr.
Legal Employers
New Law Firm $750/yr.
Renewing Law Firm $975/yr.
Law Firm Additional Offices (2-6) $695/yr.
Law Firm Additional Offices (7 or more) $595/yr.
Each Additional Individual Associate Member $175/yr.
Other Employers
Public Service Employers/Bar Associations $250/yr.
Corporate/Other Legal Organizations $975/yr.
Each Additional Individual Associate Member $175/yr.
Affiliates
Affiliate Membership $750/yr.

 

For questions regarding the changes anticipated for 2017, please contact NALP at info@nalp.org.

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