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Membership for New Lawyers

Join the ABA and start your career one step ahead of the rest.

The Value of Young Lawyer Membership

Accelerate Your Career

  • Explore exclusive content, job postings, webinars, and podcasts from the valuable ABA Career Center.
  • Join Sections, Divisions and Forums to receive the resources you need to keep up-to-date and engaged in the emerging issues specific to your practice area.

Sharpen Your Practice

  • Professional development in areas such as Ethics & Professionalism and Diversity & Inclusion.
  • More than 700 hours of free, widely-accredited CLE programs to help you meet your requirements.

Become a Leader

  • Leadership opportunities to further your leadership skills and to advance national initiatives and causes.
  • The YLD advocates for lower financial barriers to the legal profession by reducing law school costs and minimizing student loan burden. We also offer guidance for new lawyers on managing debt.
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  • Jumpstart your career with the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD).
  • Early career resources, opportunities, and content by YLD are included with ABA Membership.
  • All ABA members either admitted to practice within the past 10 years OR under 36 years old are eligible.

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The Boeing Company