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 chart below shows the 2018 NALP member dues fees and structure for the 2018 membership year. The NALP membership year runs from January 1 — December 31.
2018 NALP Membership Dues Structure
|New Law School (first-year introductory rate)||$700/yr.|
|Renewing Law School||$900/yr.|
|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||$625/yr.|
|Government, Public Interest Organizations & Bar Associations||$275/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||$195/yr.|
|Legal Search Consultants||$750/yr.|
NALP's Board of Directors approved several changes to the membership dues structure that took effect with the 2017 membership year and will provide for the long-term sustainability of the dues structure and the association.
The new plan expanded 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 newly adopted 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. Information at http://www.nalp.org/2017dueschange provides a detailed comparison table that shows how the dues structure change will impact firms starting 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.
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.
* 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.
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.
Members enjoy a wide array of benefits that will enhance their efficiency and effectiveness:
Why are some invoices more than others?
The NALP membership dues structure is based on a primary membership and then any additional individuals after establishing the organization’s primary contact. The primary membership cost ($900, $1200, $250, etc.) pays for the organization to be a member — that office’s membership (note: this only applies to employers), plus one person as a primary contact. Any additional individuals in that office who would like to join would then pay $175 for their individual memberships (within a member office). Each physical office location after the first/primary office pays $600 for their office’s membership. This pays for that office to be a member plus one primary contact (note: this only applies to employers). Each additional individual within that office pays $175 for their individual membership.
Law Firms or Other Employers = Primary Organization Membership + (1) Primary Contact Membership
Additional Branch Office = Branch Membership + (1) Primary Contact Membership
Individual Associates = Any additional individuals from a primary or branch member office joining NALP
What does the primary membership pay for?
The primary or additional office membership for each institution comes with (1) primary contact included in the organization’s dues fee. The person listed on the invoice is the person who can access member benefits on behalf of the organization. Each additional individual within that office who wishes to be a NALP member pays $175 for their individual membership.
If that person is no longer with the organization, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the name, email address, and phone number of the person who will be replacing them. Please note that the primary (organization’s) membership must be paid in order for the additional individual memberships to be active. This explanation does not apply to the Affiliate categories as they are individual memberships and cannot be transferred within the organization.
How do I obtain one invoice for all offices and individuals of my organization?
NALP can send you a PDF that contains all of the outstanding invoices at an organization in one file. These can be requested by emailing email@example.com. Unfortunately, NALP does not have the ability to create one invoice for all offices and individuals of an organization.
What are the dates my membership is effective?
The membership year follows the calendar year, January 1 – December 31.
Should checks be issued in U.S. funds?
Yes, all membership fees are displayed in U.S. currency, so checks should be issued in U.S. funds.
What's the best way to pay my membership dues?
NALP has several convenient ways to secure your NALP member benefits. If you're a new member, fill out the NALP New Member Application. To renew:
(1) Pay your membership dues invoice electronically:
(3) Pay your membership dues by check with the hard copy invoice:
Who do I inform about an update or change in membership?
Please send all membership updates and changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is a new member replacing a former employee please be sure to include the new person’s name, title, email address, and direct dial phone number. Also be sure to indicate the prior member they are replacing.
I’m a school member and I think I paid this membership already this year?
NALP membership can often get confused with the subscription fee for PSJD. NALP membership follows the calendar year (January 1 – December 31) and pays for the membership of the organization (see benefit information). The PJSD subscription fee pays for your school’s access to our public interest job board. Subscriptions are valid July 1 – June 30.
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To learn more about membership, contact NALP at email@example.com or call 202-835-1001.