National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is an organization for legal professionals that brings both law schools and legal employees to the same platform. It was founded in 1971 and since then has been serving as a common forum to discuss recruitment and placement. NALP works toward improving the quality and delivery of legal services. Its objectives are:
- To provide vision and expertise in research and education for legal career counseling and planning, recruitment, employment, and professional development;
- To cultivate ethical practices and fairness in legal career counseling and planning, recruitment, employment, and professional development;
- To promote the full range of legal career opportunities and to foster access to legal public interest and public sector employment;
- To advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in its membership.
NALP’s members are law schools and employers of lawyers. An employer of lawyer can be a bar association, non-profit public interest organization, or government agency and any other employer who recruits lawyers/law students within its organization. Consultants are not eligible for NALP membership. Only those law schools accredited by the American Bar Association and foreign law schools whose admission to membership is approved by NALP’s Board of Directors can be NALP members.