The American Bar Association

Our mission is to serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.

Serve Our Members

Provide benefits, programs and services which promote members' professional growth and quality of life.

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Advocate for the Profession

Promote the best quality legal education, promote competence, ethical conduct and professionalism, and promote pro bono and public service by the legal profession.

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Eliminate Bias & Enhance Diversity

Promote full and equal participation in the association, and the justice system by all persons. Eliminate bias in the legal profession, and the justice system.

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Advance the Rule of Law

Increase public understanding of and respect for the rule of law, the legal process, and the role of the legal profession at home and throughout the world. Hold governments accountable under law. Work for just laws, including human rights, and a fair legal process. Assure meaningful access to justice for all person. Preserve the independence of the legal profession and the judiciary.

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ABA History

Founded in 1878, the ABA is committed to advancing the rule of law across the United States and beyond by providing practical resources for legal professionals, law school accreditation, model ethics codes and more.

1921

ABA Standards for Legal Education

The ABA adopts standards for legal education, which leads, in 1952, to law school accreditation.

1957

ABA President Charles Rhyne Envisions National Law Day

At Rhyne’s urging, President Eisenhower proclaims first national Law Day for May 1, 1958.

1974

ABA Key in Creating Legal Services Corporation

The ABA is instrumental in passage of federal legislation to create the Legal Services Corporation.

1990

Advancing Rule of Law Around the World

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the ABA establishes what will become the Rule of Law Initiative.

2015

First African-American Woman President.

Paulette Brown of New Jersey becomes the first African-American woman to serve as president of the ABA.

2018

Bob Carlson of Montana Serves as ABA President

ABA membership passes 411,000.

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Your contribution to the ABA Fund for Justice and Education will help support the Association’s public service efforts at a time when our legal expertise is needed more urgently than ever.

ABA Leadership

The ABA Leadership team includes Officers, the Board of Governors, the House of Delegates, and Senior Officials. Learn more about the dedicated staff here.

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The Value of an ABA Membership

The ABA is committed to providing members with opportunities to enhance professional skills and resources to stay on top of current developments in the legal field.

Sharpen your practice

Sharpen your practice

Sharpen your practice with CLE courses led by national experts, technology training sessions.

Accelerate your career

Accelerate your career

Accelerate your career through our online national legal job board and career management resources.

Maintain your connection

Maintain your connection

Maintain your connection to national and global legal trends and legislative action through the ABA Journal and our Grassroots Advocacy Action Center.

Build your link

Build your link

Build your link to leaders through our online member directory

Save money

Save money

Save money through discounts on brand-name products and services plus member-only pricing at our online store of ABA books and CLE

Join Member Groups

Join Member Groups

Develop new skills, a voice in crafting legislation, and a nationwide referral network by joining one of more than 30+ Member Groups.

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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education.

The ABA Fund for Justice and Education is a 501(c)(3) charitable fund that support the public service and educational programs of the American Bar Association.

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