Dues Discounts and Payment Plans for Membership in the American Bar Association

Dues Discounts and Payment Plans for Membership in the American Bar Association

Automatic Dues Payments
Members may simplify payment of dues through either recurring quarterly or annual automatic payment plans. 


Automatic Annual Payment
Sign up for automatic annual dues payments.
Online enrollment will be available soon. Contact us with questions.
Automatic Quarterly Payment
Split your annual dues into four equal payments and pay them automatically. 
Online enrollment will be available soon. Contact us with questions.


Dues Discounts
The ABA is committed to ensuring membership remains accessible through a variety of discount programs:

Free ABA Membership for New Lawyers
Free Section, Division or Forum for New Lawyers
Free Young Lawyer Division Membership for Young Lawyers
Special ABA Dues for Solo and Public Service Lawyers
Special ABA Dues for Combat Zone and J.A.G Lawyers
Special ABA Dues for Seniors
Special Dues for Persons with Disabilities
Special ABA Dues for Financial Hardship
Special ABA Dues for Law School Full Faculty Membership
Special ABA Dues for Law School Full Student Body Membership
Special Joint Dues Rate for Government and Public Sector Lawyers


Free ABA Membership for New Lawyers
Lawyers receive free membership for one year when they are admitted to their first bar in any U.S. state or territory. Lawyers who are admitted to practice in their first bar can receive their complimentary membership by simply joining online or contacting us. Most states provide lists of newly admitted lawyers to the ABA for automatic membership.


Free Section, Division or Forum for New Lawyers
Lawyers in practice for less than two years as of January 1 are eligible for a free year of membership in a Section, Division or Forum expiring on August 31 of the same year. 


Free Young Lawyers Division Membership for Young Lawyers
If you are under age 36 or admitted to practice law for five years or less, you are automatically enrolled in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) at no charge.


Special ABA Dues for Solo and Public Service Lawyers
If you are a licensed attorney in the U.S. and are a solo practitioner in private practice, judge, or lawyer in government or legal/public service  (working for not-for-profit organizations engaged primarily in legal-or policy-based advocacy on behalf of low income persons), you are eligible for a special rate. Contact us to apply.

Bar Admittance   2014-2015
Annual Dues
2015Free
2014Free
2013  $115
2012  $115
2011  $115
2010 $140
2009$140
2008 $165
2007  $165
2006   $165
2005 $165
2004 and Earlier  $255

Special ABA Dues for Combat Zone and JAG Lawyers
Lawyers in active duty and in a combat zone assignment are eligible for a free ABA membership. Apply online or contact us.

JAG lawyers admitted to the bar for five years or less are eligible for a free membership.  Apply online or contact us.

Annual Dues
Combat Zone Lawyer  Free
New JAG Lawyer Free


Special ABA Dues for Seniors
Lawyers over 75 years of age who have been ABA members for at least 25 years are entitled to a 50% discount from the highest dues rate. Dues are waived for members who were born before September 1, 1934, and have been ABA members for at least 25 years.


Special Dues for Persons with Disabilities
Members with disabilities are eligible for an ABA membership dues exemption.  Applications for this discount are approved by our Board of Governors and must be renewed every two years.  Apply or contact us.


Special ABA Dues for Financial Hardship
Lawyers who are experiencing financial hardship may apply for a discounted annual ABA dues rate of $100 and a one-time discounted annual Section or Division dues rate of $5 (for participating specialty groups). Apply or contact us.


Participating Specialty Groups

  • Antitrust Law
  • Business Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Family Law
  • Government and Public Sector Lawyers
  • Health Law
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Law Practice
  • Litigation
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Public Contract Law
  • Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Science and Technology Law
  • Senior Lawyers
  • Solo, Small Firm and General Practice
  • State and Local Government Law
  • Taxation
  • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice

Special ABA Dues for Law School Full Faculty

Many law schools enroll all faculty in the ABA and its Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Section for an annual fee determined by the school’s total full-time equivalent student enrollment as of October 1 of the preceding calendar year. Contact us to learn more.

Student Enrollment Annual Fee
Under 250   $2,725
250-499 $4,720
500-799$6,150
800-999  $8,810
1,000 or more $11,550



Special ABA Dues for Law School Full Student Body
Many law schools enroll all law students in the ABA for a savings of 30% off the full individual rate.  Students receive free membership in most Sections, Divisions and ForumsContact us to learn more.

Full Student Body $17 per student
Partial Student Body         $20 per student


Special Joint Dues Rate for Government and Public Sector Lawyers
Members of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (GPSLD) enjoy a special rate that covers a joint membership in this Division and other participating Sections. Apply online or contact us.

Joint Groups     Annual Dues
GPSLD & Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice$69
GPSLD & Antitrust Law$60
GPSLD & Criminal Justice$60
GPSLD & Dispute Resolution$69
GPSLD & Environment, Energy and Resources          $85
GPSLD & General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division$68
GPSLD & Health Law  $60
GPSLD & International Law  $80
GPSLD & Public Contract Law$65
GPSLD & Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law   $60
GPSLD & State and Local Government$68
GPSLD & Tort Trial and Insurance Practice$70

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