PSJD - Your Pathway to Public Service Legal Careers. A NALP Initiative.

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NALP & PSJD

PSJD is housed at, and administered by, NALP - a nonprofit member association composed of legal career professionals in both the law school and legal employer communities.  NALP members work at public and private law schools, law firms, as well as government and public interest law offices.  NALP is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.

Central to NALP’s mission is a strong commitment to facilitating legal careers in public service.  Since 2003, PSJD - which was called PSLawNet until 2012 - has been at the core of NALP’s activities to connect public-interest minded law students and attorneys with career opportunities.  NALP and its member law schools support PSJD so that it remains a free resource for public interest employers to share information about their missions and employment opportunities for law students and lawyers.

In addition to PSJD, NALP promotes public service careers through several key initiatives.  Among them are:

  • The Public Sector & Public Interest Attorney Salary Report – every two years, NALP surveys public interest employers (local and state prosecutors, public defenders, civil legal services, and issue-oriented public interest organizations), gathering data about their salaries and compensation structures.  The resulting report, issued in even-numbered years, has become a national touchstone for organizations to set their salary scales, advocate for higher public interest salaries, and advocate for LRAP programs.  Learn more here.
  • NALP’s Annual Public Service Mini-Conference – NALP’s Public Service Section, comprised mainly of law school public interest career counselors, gathers every October for its one-day Mini-Conference.  The Mini-Conference, which coincides with Equal Justice Works’ Annual Conference and Career Fair, provides a unique opportunity for NALP members and guests to discuss trends in public interest recruitment, retention, and professional development.  To learn more, contact Christina Jackson at cjackson@nalp.org
  • FREE Listing for Public Interest Employers in NALP’s Directory of Legal Employersthe NALP Directory is one of the most widely used recruitment tools in the legal profession. Published both in print and on-line, it includes information - the organization's practice areas, demographics, hiring criteria, starting salaries, hours, benefits, and other valuable data - for over 1,800 legal employers.  Nonprofit and government employers are featured in NALP Directory at no charge.  Contact Christina Jackson at cjackson@nalp.org to learn more.
  • Reduced NALP Membership Rates for Nonprofit Public Interest Employers & Bar Associations – to learn more, go here.