For Professional Development

NALP offers several resources for those involved in lawyer and law student professional development.


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.
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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.
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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. For more information, visit NALP's Events page.


NALP's Bookstore offers a number of PD-related publications, including:

  • Developing Talent: A Practical Guide, Edited by Gaye Mara and Nora Mara
  • Innovating Talent Management in Law Firms, Edited by Terri Mottershead
  • The Lawyer's Guide to Mentoring, 2nd Edition, by Ida O. Abbott, Esq.
  • Lawyers' Professional Development: The Legal Employer's Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Edition, by Ida O. Abbott, Esq.
Click here for a link to all PD-related publications in NALP's Bookstore.

Other Resources

Webinars related to lawyer/law student PD

How and Why to Bring the Lawyer Well-Being “Movement” to Your Law Firm - by Paula Davis-Laack and Patrick Krill (PDF)
From PD Quarterly, February 2018. The ground-breaking report by the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being highlights the great need to prioritize lawyer well-being and offers a roadmap for action.

For additional publications related to professional development see Professional Resources > Reviewed Resources > Professional Development.

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