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- How do I update my Section, Division and Forum memberships?
The ABA is dedicated to providing members with resources that help them become better legal professionals and to advocating for the rule of law both domestically and abroad.
The ABA offers members numerous discounts, including savings on CLE, publications and purchases from ABA Advantage's name-brand companies. For many members, the cost of membership pays for itself through these savings.
Take advantage of your new membership the moment you receive your membership number. Your membership number will be emailed (if address provided) to you upon enrollment. New members can expect to receive their welcome kit within two to three weeks following enrollment processing.
Most members receive a printed monthly copy of the ABA Journal magazine. The magazine is sent electronically to law students and international members. If you recently changed your address with the ABA, please allow up to six weeks for the change to take effect.
Membership in the ABA is open to all people through different membership categories. You may join as a U.S. licensed lawyer, a non U.S. licensed lawyer, law student (at an ABA–accredited law school), student associate (a post–secondary education–level student) or a non–lawyer (includes paralegals, law librarians, economists and others interested in the ABA).
You may join the ABA at any time, using our convenient online, fax or telephone options.
The ABA encourages you to join a specialty group using our convenient online, fax or telephone options.
The ABA annual membership year is from September 1 through August 31. Dues are prorated as the membership year progresses.
Annual membership fees are based on the type of membership. For U.S. licensed lawyers, dues are increased based on years in practice. Special dues rates are available for some member categories. See Dues and Eligibility for more information..
The ABA offers free and discounted memberships for seniors, solos, government lawyers, judges, legal service and public interest lawyers. Lawyers facing financial hardship also may be eligible for special rates.
ABA members pay their annual dues online, by mail or by calling our Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 from 9 am to 6 pm ET on weekdays.
You may be able to deduct up to 97.5% of your dues as a business expense on your U.S. taxes. The ABA estimates that 2.5% of your total ABA dues is allocated to ABA lobbying activities and therefore is not deductible. Be sure to consult your tax advisor with any questions.
Log into myABA andfollow the instructions to pay online. You may call the Member Service Center to pay by phone at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays. Or, mail your payment in the postage-paid envelope provided in your dues invoice.
There are a couple easy ways to confirm your membership. Check your status by accessing your online member profile. You also may confirm your membership by contacting the Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays.
Membership renewal notices are sent in April\May for the membership year beginning September 1. We appreciate your prompt payment, which helps us contain our mail expenses.
ABA Sections, Divisions and Forums focus on specific areas of law or career stage, facilitating more in-depth examination of issues, regulations and trends.
ABA members value their Section, Division or Forum memberships for the substantive information provided through periodicals, webinars and discussion boards along with the opportunity to build a national network of colleagues.
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