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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2020-21 Section Chair: Jennifer Salyers, William & Mary Law School

November 2020 Board Report (PDF)
July 2020 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2021 Annual Education Conference, the 2020 & 2021 Professional Development Institutes, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of webinars throughout the year.

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. Evaluate best practices in virtual programming given physical distancing and the need to provide remote education. Continue the Law Firm PD Program Project by interviewing and writing up information regarding Law Firm PD programs in preparation to publish in a booklet.

Member Relations and 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. Reach out to new and/or continuing members on a periodic basis to welcome them to the section and educate them about ways to get involved.

Programming Best Practices
Explore best practices for providing professional development programming to students. Consider creating best practice guides for advisors on providing effective virtual programming in a world of physical distancing. In collaboration with the Small and Solo Career Advisor Section, consider creating a To Go Kit on the basics of launching a professional development curriculum for students. Also consider creating best practices guides for keeping in mind the need to make professional development programming accessible to students with disabilities.

Professional Identity Formation
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development Section and law school faculty to assist in the study of professional identity formation. Continue to support the efforts of the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, especially in environmental scanning of the PD programs of law schools and law firms.

Knowledge Management
Collaborate with the KM Advisory Group in helping to identify, review, and classify NALP information relevant to Law Student Professional Development to assist in more effective data searches.


2019-20 Section Chair: Elisabeth Beal, University of South Carolina School of Law, ebeal@mailbox.sc.edu

April 2020 Board Report (PDF)
February 2020 Board Report (PDF)
July 2019 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Strategic Planning
Collect feedback and prepare a memorandum to the Board of Directors highlighting strategic goals for the Section and its subject matter and/or area of interest.

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2020 Annual Education Conference, the 2019 & 2020 Professional Development Institutes, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of webinars throughout the year.

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.

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.

Professional Identity Formation
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development Section and law school faculty to assist in the study of professional identity formation. Support the efforts of the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, especially in environmental scanning of the PD programs of law schools and law firms.



2018-19 Section Chair: Eric Bono, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, ebono@law.du.edu

April 2019 Board Report (PDF)
February 2019 Board Report (PDF)
July 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2018 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2019 Annual Education Conference, the 2018 & 2019 Professional Development Institutes, and topics for NALP Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of webinars throughout the year.

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
Continue to 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.

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.

Professional Identity Formation
Collaborate with the Lawyer Professional Development Section and law school faculty to assist in the study of professional identity formation. Support the efforts of the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, especially in environmental scanning of the PD programs of law schools and law firms.



2017-18 Section Chair: Eric Bono, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, ebono@law.du.edu

April 2018 Board Report (PDF)
February 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2017 Board Report (PDF)
July 2017 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference/Bulletin Article Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2018 Annual Education Conference, the 2017 & 2018 Professional Development Institutes, 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.

Publications
Create a booklet/publication of student professional development programs.



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

April 2017 Board Report (PDF)
February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Newsletter (PDF)


2015-16 Section Co-Chairs: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School and Gerald Slater, Suffolk University Law School


2014-15 Section Chair: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School


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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