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NALP is a community of experts dedicated to the success of its members and the promotion of knowledge and expertise about the legal employment market. NALP membership is an investment in yourself and your organization.

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. Go to 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.


2017 Membership Types

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.

2017 NALP Membership Dues Structure

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.
Consultants $350/yr.
Legal Search Consultants $750/yr.
Alumni $99/yr.


Voting Members

NALP's voting members are institutions that meet the following eligibility criteria:

* Employers: Any bar association, nonprofit public interest organization, or government agency, or any other employer whose active engagement in the recruitment of lawyers and law students is primarily for purposes of employment within its individual organization. (For example, legal search firms are not eligible for membership.)

* Law Schools: Any law school accredited by the American Bar Association, or any law school in a non-U.S. country whose admission to membership is approved by the Board of Directors based upon factors including the school's accreditation or recognition in its home country, its career services staffing, and its commitment to nondiscrimination in the offering of career services.

Non-Voting Members

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.


Membership Benefits

Members enjoy a wide array of benefits that will enhance their efficiency and effectiveness:

  • The NALP Bulletin, NALP's monthly newsletter, which offers feature articles on lawyer professional development, recruitment, career services, and diversity and inclusion in the profession.
  • NALPnow!, a twice monthly e-newsletter, which provides important NALP news and timely updates.
  • NALP's Weekly News Digest, the week's most relevant news stories, curated by NALP's Executive Director
  • Access to all members-only areas of NALP's website, including a searchable membership directory and the NALP Bulletin archives.
  • Eligibility to join NALP's Sections: Membership in Sections is open to all NALP members and is an excellent way to build a professional network in a specific interest area. Members are also eligible to serve on appointed Advisory Groups and other work groups.
  • Special reports that offer important benchmark information on salaries, benefits, and responsibilities of professionals in the legal career planning field.
  • Reduced rates at the NALP Annual Education Conference and other NALP conferences and special discounts on many of the resources in the NALP Bookstore.

Membership Applications & Additional Resources

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To learn more about membership, contact NALP at or call 202-835-1001.

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