NALP offers several resources for those involved in lawyer and law student professional development.
Professional Development Institute
The annual Professional Development Institute delivers timely and substantive topics for all involved in lawyer training and professional development. It is cosponsored by NALP and ALI-ABA in collaboration with the Professional Development Consortium.
Lawyers' Professional Development
Anyone responsible for lawyers’ professional development will find a wealth of information in this comprehensive guide by Ida Abbott.
Developing Legal Talent: Best Practices in Professional Development for Law Firms
Unlike Lawyers’ Professional Development, this volume is not an original textbook on professional development. It is rather a compilation of 17 articles by Ida Abbott — most originally published in Law Governance Review or its successor, Law Firm Governance — with updates and new articles added.
Section membership is open to NALP members only.
Law Student Professional Development Section
Increasingly, law school career services staff are taking responsibility for providing professional development training to prepare students for the practice of law in today’s legal settings. The Law Student Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in these renewed efforts to educate law students about professional standards of behavior required for the practice of law. This section will provide members with a resource for sharing innovative means of educating and working with law students. Join Discussion List
Lawyer Professional Development Section
The Lawyer Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in or responsibility for a law firm’s professional development programming. Join Discussion List