Membership FAQs

Who is eligible to join the Criminal Justice Section?

Section membership is open to all persons licensed to practice law in at least one (1) state, territory, possession, or other jurisdiction of the United States. Certain individuals who are not licensed members of the bar may join the Section due to their professional affiliation, or status as a current law student. Please visit the Membership Information Services area of the Section web site for complete information on eligibility requirements, access to a membership application, and a detailed listing of the benefits and privileges of Section membership.

Do I have to be an ABA member to join the Criminal Justice Section?

Yes, you must be an ABA member before joining the Criminal Justice Section.

Do I have to be an ABA and/or CJS member to hold a CJS leadership position (Council, committee chair, etc.)?

Yes, both ABA and Criminal Justice Section membership are required for all CJS leadership positions (Council, committee chair, etc.).  You may join the ABA and CJS either online or by calling the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221.

Do I have to be an ABA and/or CJS member to join a CJS committee?

Yes, both ABA and Criminal Justice Section membership are required for CJS committee membership.  You may join the ABA and CJS either online or by calling the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221.

Do I have to be a lawyer to join the ABA and/or Criminal Justice Section?

No.  The ABA has several membership categories: lawyer, law student, student associate and associate.  Learn more on the ABA Membership page.

Does the ABA offer group membership?

 Yes, the ABA offers firm, company and government group membership.  Learn more on the ABA Group Membership page.

What are member benefits?

See Criminal Justice Section Member Benefits and find out more about benefits in publications, CLEs, networking, policy discussions...

How can I find contact information of ABA/CJS members?

If you are an ABA member, you can search the ABA Membership Directory.

For more information concerning the Criminal Justice Section membership, please send contact us.