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Bar Associations

Joining Bar Associations as a student member can provide access to enhance professional pathways:

  • section membership allows for learning about practice specialties and indicating demonstrated practice interest;
  • pro bono involvement develops contacts and legal practice skills;
  • social activities provide opportunities to develop a community for future law practice (and current advice).

Even Bar Associations without formal student memberships often allow or welcome students at various events or activities.  Contact the Bar Association for information, or check with a member to see if you can participate as their guest.

Here is an alphabetized list, by state, with city Bar organizations contained within each state category, to help you get started with your network and credential building.

STATE AND LOCAL BAR ASSOCIATIONS

Alabama

Alabama State Bar: http://www.alabar.org/admissions/law-student-registration.cfm

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Alaska

Alaska Bar Association: http://www.alaskabar.org/

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Arizona

State Bar of Arizona: http://www.azbar.org/

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Arkansas

Arkansas Bar Association: https://www.arkbar.com/Member/Register.aspx; (under Membership Type, click on Student)

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California

State Bar of California: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/

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Colorado

Colorado Bar Association: http://www.cobar.org/studentapp.cfm

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Connecticut

Connecticut State Bar Association: https://www.ctbar.org/Information%20For/Students.aspx

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Delaware

Delaware State Bar Association: http://www.dsba.org/index.php/about-the-dsba/membership.html

Florida

Florida Bar: http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/PI/CertSect.nsf/03fa6406a4b8760185256fd4005e5cec/e4ee78271545822485256fd4005c206c?OpenDocument (scroll to the bottom of the page for student membership)

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Georgia

Georgia State Bar: http://www.gabar.org/membership/howtojoin/student-enrollment.cfm

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Hawaii

Hawaii State Bar Association: http://www.hsba.org/forms_2.aspx

Idaho

Idaho State Bar: http://isb.idaho.gov/index.html

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Illinois

Illinois State Bar Association: https://www.isba.org/user/register/lawstudents

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Indiana

Indiana State Bar Association: https://www.inbar.org/Membership/Nonmembers/HowtoJoin/LawStudentApplication/tabid/90/Default.aspx

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Iowa

Iowa State Bar Association: https://m360.iowabar.org/frontend/portal/SignupOptions.aspx

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Kansas

Kansas Bar Association: http://www.ksbar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=27

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Kentucky

Kentucky Bar Association: http://www.kybar.org/

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Louisiana

Louisiana Bar Association: http://www.lsba.org/2007yls/LawStudentDivision.asp

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Maine

Maine Bar Association: http://www.mainebar.org/join_dues.asp

Maryland

Maryland State Bar Association: http://www.msba.org/departments/membership/join.asp

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts Bar Association: http://www.massbar.org/membership/dues-structure-and-rates

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Michigan
State Bar of Michigan: http://www.michbar.org/lawstudent/pdfs/LSS.pdf

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Minnesota

Minnesota State Bar: https://practicelaw.org/msbaMemberApp/home.php

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Mississippi

Mississippi Bar: http://www.msbar.org/

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Missouri

Missouri Bar: http://www.mobar.org/

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Montana

State Bar of Montana: http://www.montanabar.org/

Nebraska

Nebraska State Bar Association: http://www.nebar.com/

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Nevada

State Bar of Nevada: http://www.nvbar.org/

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire Bar Association: http://www.nhbar.org/

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New Jersey

New Jersey State Bar Association: http://www.njsba.com/become-a-member/index.html

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New Mexico

State Bar of New Mexico: http://www.nmbar.org/Attorneys/dues/membership.html (scroll down)

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New York

New York State Bar Association: http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Membership&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=69279

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North Carolina

North Carolina Bar Association: http://www.ncbar.org/membership/membership-types, application: http://www.ncbar.org/membership/membership-applications

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North Dakota

State Bar Association of North Dakota: http://www.sband.org/

Ohio

Ohio State Bar Association: https://www.ohiobar.org/Membership/Join/Pages/StaticPage-272.aspx

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma Bar Association: http://www.okbar.org/members/lawstudent/

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Oregon

Oregon State Bar: http://www.osbar.org/

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bar Association: http://www.pabar.org/public/Membership/dues.asp

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island Bar Association: https://www.ribar.com/Login/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fMembers%2fDefault.aspx, application: https://www.ribar.com/UserFiles/File/CMSUploadFiles/dues%20structure%20for%20website%202011.pdf

South Carolina

South Carolina Bar: http://www.scbar.org/

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South Dakota

State Bar of South Dakota: http://www.sdbar.org/

Tennessee

Tennessee Bar Association: http://www.tba.org/law-student-membership

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Texas

State Bar of Texas: http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Student_Info&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=19605

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Utah

Utah State Bar: http://www.utahbar.org/

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Vermont

Vermont Bar Association: https://www.vtbar.org/FOR%20ATTORNEYS/Join%20the%20VBA/Membership%20Dues%20Structure.aspx

Virginia

Virginia Bar Association: http://vba.affiniscape.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=35

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Washington

Washington State Bar Association: http://www.wsba.org/Law-Students

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West Virginia

West Virginia Bar Association: http://www.wvbarassociation.org/lsd.asp

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Wisconsin

State Bar of Wisconsin: http://images.wisbar.org/Template.cfm?Section=Law_Students1&Template=/CustomSource/LawStudents/Index.cfm&area=3

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Wyoming

Wyoming State Bar: http://wyomingbar.org/

Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Bar: http://www.dcbar.org/