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Our Mission

The mission of The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education is to improve the quality and delivery of legal services by advancing:

  • excellence in strategic and practical organizational leadership;

  • effective management of legal personnel;

  • professional development of lawyers;

  • access to and diversity within the profession; and

  • ethical practices and professionalism.

The Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 1996 by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) to ensure that the legal community and society at large have a reliable, objective, affordable source of information. The support of leading law schools, legal employers, corporations, and individuals throughout the legal community has enabled the Foundation to fulfill that essential role.
The Foundation has taken the lead on projects of importance to the profession, including initiating the first longitudinal study of lawyer careers, providing benchmark research on associate retention, and documenting attorney contributions to public service.

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About Us

The legal profession's need for reliable, affordable and timely research and informational resources has never been more urgent. The changing marketplace and global nature of the practice of law create a climate in which organizational leaders have a constant need for definitive information. The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education is prepared to respond to that need and invest in the future of the legal profession.

Now more than ever, we are dedicated to being at the forefront on issues that impact law as a profession. The Foundation supports excellence in organizational leadership within the profession and effective management of legal personnel. We are committed to developing future leaders and to advancing diversity, ethics and professionalism in law. At the heart of our efforts are two basic goals: to improve law career satisfaction and delivery of legal services.

The NALP Foundation provides practical, affordable and reliable research, analysis and programs that go beyond data, numbers and statistics. Our products and services offer well-considered insights and actionable practices. Whether through our series of research publications, during a seminar or summit, or at a customized program, we deliver cutting-edge information that will make a difference to the legal profession.

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