About NALP's Conferences

For a complete calendar of NALP's Conferences and Events click here.

Annual Education Conference

The NALP Annual Education Conference is the premier event bringing together law school and legal employer members each spring for four days of plenary and concurrent educational programs. Topics addressed include career counseling, entry-level and lateral recruiting, lawyer and law student professional development, diversity management, and more. The conference also features a range of opportunities for employer and law school members to network, including a member celebration, a diversity reception, regional meetings, and NALP Section meetings. Conference registration includes admission to NALP’s Resource Center, a showcase of useful products and services for the profession.

  • 2016 Event: April 13-16, 2016 in Boston, MA
  • For an example of programming offered at the Annual Education Conference, see the 2016 conference program (PDF).

Newer Professionals' Forum

The NALP Newer Professionals’ Forum is specifically focused on the needs of newer legal recruitment and career services professionals. This one-of-a-kind program each winter provides two and a half days of intensive, information-packed programming for those with less than four years of experience in our field. The Forum includes NALP’s acclaimed Management Foundations programs for career services and legal recruitment professionals and also provides an opportunity for participants to build a solid professional network that will add to their effectiveness within their organizations.

Professional Development Institute

The NALP and ALI CLE Professional Development Institute is for those involved in any aspect of lawyer training and professional development. This two-day program takes place in early December and features cutting-edge information on professional development topics. Participants explore successful practices with professional development experts; increase their knowledge and skills in lawyer training and development; and build invaluable connections with colleagues.

  • 2015 Event: December 3-4, 2015 in Washington, DC
  • For an example of programming offered at the Professional Development Institute, see the 2015 conference program (PDF).

Legal Recruiting Summit

The Summit is an opportunity for legal recruiting professionals to come together for an in-depth look at the future of law firm recruiting and how law firms and law schools are responding to the new normal. This conference, tailored specifically to the legal recruiting community, is a members-only event limited to 125 attendees.

  • 2016 Event: January 28, 2016 in New York, NY
  • For an example of programming featured at the Legal Recruiting Summit see the 2016 conference brochure (PDF).

Lateral Lawyer Recruiting Summit

New in 2016, the Lateral Lawyer Recruiting Summit will bring together recruiting professionals for an advanced one day conference to discuss issues related to lateral associate and partner hiring. This event will be limited to 150 participants.

  • 2016 Event: June 10, 2016 in Chicago, IL

Public Service Mini Conference

The NALP/PSJD Public Service Mini-Conference is an annual gathering of NALP members who counsel law students and lawyers on public service careers. This event takes place in Washington, DC each fall, typically in October on a date contiguous with the Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair. The Mini-Conference presents an ideal opportunity to meet and network with colleagues, attend timely substantive programming, and learn more about NALP/PSJD activities.

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The Diversity and Inclusion Summit is designed to bring together NALP members, members of ALFDP, law school deans, hiring and managing partners, and others who have an interest in continuing to expand the diversity of the practice of law. The chief purpose of this exciting one-day conference is to provide a forum for a robust exchange of information about the current challenges and innovations surrounding the issue of diversity in the legal employment arena. This event will be offered on a periodic basis.

  • For an example of programming featured at the Diversity Summit see the 2015 brochure (PDF).

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