Law Student Professional Development Section

The Law Student Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in or responsibility for educating law students about expectations of professionalism in the legal profession.

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2016-17 Section Chair: Katelynn McBride, University of Notre Dame Law School, katelynn.mcbride.52@nd.edu

November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Newsletter (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2017 Annual Education Conference, the 2017 Professional Development Institute, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective.

Best Practices Guide
Based on results of section survey, develop best practices resources for sharing with section members and wider NALP audience via NALPconnect and the NALP website. Update Section shared resources. Explore ways to measure ROI of law student professional development.

Experiential Learning Requirements
Monitor developments in the area of state bars requiring graduates who take their bar exams to complete a certain number of hours of experiential learning/practical skills training and report out to members via Bulletin articles/conference programming.

Membership Development
Conduct outreach to grow membership in section, including cross-section collaboration, and engage members in section activities. Support Chair and Vice-Chairs by connecting members to existing and/or new opportunities for involvement. Promote the benefits of Section engagement and continue Book Group.


2015-16 Section Co-Chairs: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School, sfine@law.gwu.edu
and Gerald Slater, Suffolk University Law School, gslater@suffolk.edu

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2016 Annual Education Conference, the 2016 Professional Development Institute, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective.

Best Practices Guide
Based on results of section survey, develop best practices resources for sharing with section members and wider NALP audience via NALPconnect and the NALP website. Update Section shared resources.

Experiential Learning Requirements
Monitor developments in the area of state bars requiring graduates who take their bar exams to complete a certain number of hours of experiential learning/practical skills training and report out to members via Bulletin articles/conference programming.

Membership Development
Conduct outreach to grow membership in section, including cross-section collaboration, and engage members in section activities. Support Chair and Vice-Chairs by connecting members to existing and/or new opportunities for involvement. Apply coaching principles to create resources for professional development of membership, focusing on the benefits of section engagement, such as improving member well-being and career satisfaction. Continue Book Group.


2014-15 Section Chair: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School, sfine@law.gwu.edu

April 2015 Board Report (PDF)

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

A Law Student's Guide to Strategic Career Management: Tools for Career Decision-Making, Satisfaction and Success (PDF), a resource from The NALP Foundation

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2015 Annual Education Conference, the 2014 Professional Development Institute, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Vice-Chairs: Jennifer Leonard, University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Marcia Levy, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Law Student and Lawyer Professional Development Sections Collaboration
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development section to develop and deliver programming on legal career development strategies for law students and lawyers from recruitment through retirement and assess the effectiveness of professional development courses/programs from a student's perspective/associate's perspective. Vice-Chair: Gerald Slater, Suffolk University Law School.

Best Practices Guide
Based on results of section survey, develop best practices resources for sharing with section members and wider NALP audience via NALPconnect and the NALP website. Update Section shared resources. Work Group: Rob Cacace, Georgetown University Law Center; Christine Guard, Mercer University School of Law; Heather Karns, University of Toledo College of Law.

Experiential Learning Requirements
Monitor developments in the area of state bars requiring graduates who take their bar exams to complete a certain number of hours of experiential learning/practical skills training and report out to members via Bulletin articles/conference programming. Vice-Chair: Sabrina Nelson, The George Washington University Law School.

Long Range Strategic Planning
Solicit input from LSPD Section members for LRSP process through NALPconnect in advance of dedicated section-wide call. Organize LSPD Section call dedicated to discussion to discussion of ideas for LRSP and collaborate with Chair on report to LRSP Committee. Committee Liaison: Jeff Becherer, New York Law School.

Membership Development
Conduct outreach to grow membership in section, including cross-section collaboration, and engage members in section activities. Support Chair and Vice-Chairs by connecting members to existing and/or new opportunities for involvement. Apply coaching principles to create resources for professional development of membership, focusing on the benefits of section engagement, such as improving member well-being and career satisfaction. Vice-Chair: Luevenia Sterling, University of Miami School of Law.


2013-14 Section Chair: Kristine Bridges, University of Tulsa College of Law


2012-2013 Section Chair: Kristine Bridges, University of Tulsa College of Law


2011-2012 Section Chair: Marina Feehan, University of San Francisco School of Law


2010-2011 Section Chair: Sandee Magliozzi, Santa Clara University School of Law


2009-2010 Section Chair: Josie Mitchell, University of Washington School of Law


2008-09 Section Chair: Tracy Evans, Louisiana State University Law Center

2007-08 Section Chair: Susan Gainen, University of Minnesota

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