Recognizing that NALP’s member organizations are diverse and their needs are varied, we have grown past “one size fits all” standards. However, we remain bound together by our common desire for diversity, access, and fairness. To that end, and after careful review, discussion, and debate, the NALP Board of Directors voted to make significant changes to NALP’s Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities, which will now be known as the NALP Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process (“Principles”). The new Principles move from uniformity to a standard of reasonableness that provides all members the flexibility necessary to innovate and thrive in an evolving marketplace.
The new Principles emphasize that all recruitment activities should be scheduled to minimize interference with students’ academic work, and that the legal profession should be accessible to all individuals on a non-discriminatory basis, free of harassment. They continue to promote good judgment from law schools, candidates, and employers. The Principles urge members to aspire to the highest ethical and professional standards, and to maintain policies and procedures that allow students to meaningfully choose between competing offers and allow employers to effectively manage their recruitment processes.