Membership FAQ

Why should I join the ABA?

The ABA provides members with opportunities to enhance their professional skills, grow their network and access world-class resources to stay on top of current developments in the legal field.

How can the ABA save me money?

The ABA offers exclusive member discounts on brand-name products and services, member-only pricing at our online store for ABA books; discounted and free CLE programs, including unlimited access to a library of more than 400 online programs in the CLE Member Benefit Library at no additional cost.

Who can join the ABA?

Membership in the ABA is open to everyone 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 (a post-secondary education–level student) or a non–lawyer (includes paralegals, law librarians, economists and others interested in the ABA).

How much does it cost to join the ABA?

Annual membership fees are based on the type of membership. View the rates at the link provided.

Are my dues tax deductible?

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.

Am I eligible for a discounted membership?

The ABA offers special dues programs. View the rates at the link provided. We also have special rates for those who have temporarily left the workforce or other special circumstances. Call the Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 to learn more.

How do I join the ABA?

Join at any time using the Join link on the ABA homepage, complete the Downloadable Membership Application, or call the Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays.

When can I start to use my member benefits?

Take advantage of your new membership the moment you receive your membership number. Your membership number will be included on your confirmation email. New members can expect to receive their welcome materials within two to three weeks following enrollment processing. View details about your membership at MyABA.

When is the membership year?

For existing members as of May 1, 2019, the ABA annual membership year is from September 1 through August 31. For those joining or re-joining in the future, your membership year will start on the date you join. Dues are charged for the full 365-day period.  We no longer prorate dues for partial years/periods.

How do I log into the website?

If this is the first time you are signing into the new ABA website, you will need to create/claim your account. This process will require you to create a new password. The password is case-sensitive and must be 10 characters or more with a combination of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. For additional login assistance, please contact Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays.

Am I already a member?

There are two easy ways to confirm your membership. Check your status by accessing your online member profile. If this is the first time you are signing into the ABA website, you will need to create/claim account. This process will require you to create a new password. 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.

When will I receive my renewal notice?

Membership renewal notices are sent 3-4 months prior to the beginning of your membership year (which is your billing anniversary date). We appreciate your prompt payment, which ensures your membership and benefits remain active.

How can I pay my dues?

Log into MyABA, click on “Membership” and “Renew-Today.” If this is the first time you are signing into the ABA website, you will need to create/claim your account. This process will require you to create a new password. 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 envelope provided with your dues invoice.

Do you offer Automatic Renewal?

Yes. To ensure your benefits and services continue without interruption, choose Auto-Renew at checkout when paying your dues online, or by contacting the Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays. You will be notified by email before your credit card is charged.

What is a Member Group (also known as Section, Division or Forum)?

Individual Member Groups (also known as ABA Sections, Divisions and Forums) focus on specific areas of law or career stage, facilitating more in-depth examination of issues, regulations, and trends.

Can I join a Member Group without joining the ABA?

No. Membership in Member Groups is available only to ABA members.

Why should I join a Member Group?

ABA members value their Member Groups for the substantive information provided through periodicals, webinars, and discussion boards along with the opportunity to build a national network of colleagues.

How much does it cost to join a Member Group?

Dues vary by group averaging $55 per membership year. Current dues pricing for each member group is listed on the membership application.

How do I update or join a new Member Group? 

To update or join a new member group, log into MyABA or call the Member Service Center at 800-285-2221 between 9 am and 6 pm ET on weekdays.

How do I cancel my ABA membership?

You can cancel any time by contacting the ABA Service Center or by calling 800-285-2221. If you choose to cancel, you will continue to have access to ABA benefits through the end of the current membership year that has been paid in full.