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  • Why Join?

    The New York State Bar Association shapes the development of the law, educates and informs the profession and the public, and responds to the demands of a changing society. With a membership of more than 74,000 lawyers, the New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar organization in the nation. By joining, you get:

    • Generous discounts on CLE seminars, online products and publications
    • Networking and professional development through NYSBA Sections and Committees
    • Timely and relevant practice management resources (including FREE legal research from Fastcase and LoislawConnect)
    • Career and job search resources
    • Access to exclusive insurance programs designed especially for attorneys
    • Deep discounts on products and services for law offices
    • Immediate access to NYSBA's members-only information resources, both online and in print

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  • Membership Dues

    Class based on first year of admission to bar of any state.
    Membership year runs January through December.

    Active/Associate in-State Attorney Membership

    Attorneys admitted 2008 and prior - $275

    Attorneys admitted 2009 - 2010 - $185

    Attorneys admitted 2011 - 2012 - $125

    Attorneys admitted 2013 - 3.31.2015 - $60

    Active/Associate Out-of-State Attorney Membership

    Attorneys admitted 2008 and prior - $180

    Attorneys admitted 2009 - 2010 - $150

    Attorneys admitted 2011 - 2012 - $120

    Attorneys admitted 2013-3.31.2015  - $60


    Sustaining Member - $400

    Affiliate Member - $185

    Newly Admitted Member * - FREE

    Law Student Member (NYS Law School) - FREE

    Law Student Member (Non-NYS Law School) - $10



    Active In-State = Attorneys admitted in NYS, who work and or reside in NYS

    Associate In-State = Attorneys not admitted in NYS, who work and or reside in NYS

    Active Out-of-State = Attorneys admitted in NYS, who neither work nor reside in NYS

    Associate Out-of-State = Attorneys not admitted in NYS, who neither work nor reside in NYS

    Sustaining = Attorney members who voluntarily provide additional funds to further support the work of the Association

    Affiliate = Person(s) holding a JD, not admitted to practice, who work for a law school or bar association

    *Newly admitted = Attorneys admitted on or after April 1, 2015

    Law Students = Person(s) enrolled in an ABA accredited law school (includes law graduate students, within 2 years of graduation only, awaiting admission)

    Antitrust Law* $30
    Business Law** $25
    Commercial & Federal Litigation* $40
    Corporate Counsel* $30
    Criminal Justice $35 (free for law students)
    Dispute Resolution*** $35
    Elder Law & Special Needs* $30
    Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law* $35
    Environmental Law* $35
    Family Law* $35
    Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law* $25
    General Practice** $25
    Health Law** $30
    Intellectual Property Law* $30
    International† $35
    Judicial $25 (Limited to Judges of Courts of Record)
    Labor & Employment Law** $35
    Local and State Government Law* $30
    Real Property Law $40 ($10 for attorneys admitted five years or less; free for law students)
    Senior Lawyers $20 (Attorneys age 55 and over)
    Tax* $25
    Torts, Insurance, & Compensation Law** $40
    Trial Lawyers**** $40
    Trusts & Estates Law** $40
    Young Lawyers $20 (Law students and attorneys admitted less than 10 years)

    * Law Student Rate: half price
    ** Law Student Rate: $5
    *** Law Student Rate: $10

    **** Law Student Rate: $15
    † Law Student Rate: $12.50

    INFORMATION FOR NYSBA MEMBERS LOCATED OUTSIDE THE U.S.: Wire Transfer Information: Please make payment in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank or a wire transfer through JP Morgan Chase, 12 Corporate Way, 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12211. The ABA number is 021000021; the bank account number is 777-050803. The beneficiary is: New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207. Regarding foreign transfers, the Swift Code is: CHASUS33. Important Note: Please be sure to include the member’s name and membership identification number with the payment (complete processing of the payment will not be possible without this information.) Publication Surcharges: Surcharges are added to the dues above to cover the additional postal costs incurred with mailing the State Bar News ($40), the NYSBA Journal ($40), and the New York State Law Digest ($15). Visit to find out how to avoid these fees. Please note: during the member’s first year of NYSBA membership no publication surcharges are incurred — this rule applies to both newly admitted attorneys and non-newly admitted or established attorneys.

    Dues Waivers are available in cases of disability or financial hardship. Participation (based upon financial hardship) is limited to two consecutive years, minus extenuating circumstances. Reduced membership dues are also available for attorneys who: are 70 years of age or older; have been NYSBA members for 25 years or more; and, are fully retired from the practice of law. Call 800.582.2452/518.463.3200 for more information.

  • Member Benefits & Savings Programs

    Saving money is a smart practice

    Enhance the efficiency and lower the cost of your practice with special discount programs for NYSBA members. From insurance and financial services to discounted office products, your NYSBA membership gets you dramatic savings on important services every practice needs.
    Fastcase free legal research service. You receive free and unlimited access to the following libraries: N.Y. Court of Appeals, A.D. Decisions, Misc. Decisions, N.Y. Consolidated Laws, N.Y.C.R.R., N.Y.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, 2d Circuit Decisions, and Supreme Court Decisions.  Plus, you get an 80% discount off the regular price of $995 (that means you pay just $195 per year) on unlimited access to the full Fastcase law library which includes all Federal and State research libraries. And for NYSBA’s newly admitted attorney members: you get free access to the full Fastcase research libraries for your first two years after you are admitted.

    FedEx LogoSave up to 26% on FedEx services across town or around the world.* NYSBA members receive discounts of up 26% on FedEx® shipping and office services through the FedEx Advantage® discount program. It’s free to enroll and there are no minimum shipping requirements. To qualify, simply go to and enter passcode ZY73QG to enroll. Once you enroll, you can save: up to 26% on select FedEx Express® services; up to 20% on select FedEx Express international services; up to 12% on select FedEx Ground® and FedEx Home Delivery® services; and, up to 20% on FedEx Office® services. Click here to register today, or call 800.475.6708.

    CaseSoft - Save 25% on litigation software and chronology-graphing tools.
    Corel - Corel has selected five of our best products for legal customers and made them available at up to 50% off! That means you can get productivity-enhancing tools for word processing, Tables of Authorities creation, PDF publishing, video playback and file compression - all at special savings
    CLIO - Clio is a legal practice management program that is optimized to meet the needs of solo practitioners and small firms. Cloud-hosted, secure and easy-to-use, Clio keeps your valuable practice data at your fingertips and frees you of your office server. 
    LawPay - Receive a 6-month free trial of LawPay preferred payment solution
    Trust Accounting Made Easy  - Save 15% on software designed by TAME Software & Consulting to manage your attorney trust and escrow accounts and maintain compliance with New York State record-keeping requirements. TAME also provides comprehensive consulting services to assist attorneys with all attorney trust account related issues.  

    LEGAL RESEARCH AND ALERTS online electronic research.
    NYSBA/Loislaw LawWatch CaseAlert Service allows members to sign up to receive e-mail alerts of new cases in one of twenty areas of practice.
    CourtAlert case tracking service. NYSBA members receive a free trial, ongoing member discounts, and a link to the CourtAlert court calendar search page and free trial searches for a period of 30 days!  

    JURY RESEARCH - NYSBA members save on the online mock trial service that delivers jury research right to your desktop.

    Bank of America: NYSBA Business MasterCard® with WorldPoints® Rewards credit card.  Personal card - BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® credit card. 
    NYSBA-Endorsed ABA Retirement Funds Celebrating over 50 years of service! Find out why thousands of law firms of all sizes - even solos - use the ABA Retirement Funds Program as their 401(k) provider. Call us at 866.812.3580 or visit for more information and a prospectus.

    USI Affinity Sponsored Insurance Program: USI Affinity offers a broad spectrum of insurance products for NYSBA members, their firms, and their employees - ranging from Individual Life, Disability, Auto & Home…to Lawyers' Professional Liability…to group Medical & Prescription Drug, and more.

    VENYU - Save 40% on automated data backup & offsite storage.
    MeetingBridge - Save 25% on Teleconferencing and Web Conferencing Services.
    Blumberg Forms Online - Save 20% on popular legal forms.
    Penny Wise Office Supplies - Up to 30% off already discounted prices.
    UPS and  FedEx overnight delivery services.

    Career Center and Job Alert Service - free resume posting for members for one year; highly competitive rates for employers posting jobs .
    CLE Seminars,   CLE Online ,   Audio and Video,   Publications - save with special member discounts.
    Pieper New York - Multistate Bar Review, Ltd. - all NYSBA Law Student Members receive a $50 discount who sign up for an upcoming Pieper full or home study bar review course for the New York State Bar Examination. - Effectively and ethically attract new clients! This unique, highly secure website offers hundreds of tools, tip sheets, checklists, templates, and more to help you develop and implement a personalized marketing plan.
    Hertz and  Avis car rentals.

    Zola Creative Media - State of the art custom websites and online marketing for law firms. NYSBA members save 25%. - Save 25% when you create your own legal web site with EsqSites.

    *A note regarding our discount programs: The Association goes to great lengths to obtain the best possible discount programs for our members. While not common, it is possible that at any given point in time, a lower price might be found on a sponsored product.  Many of our discount partners operate in volatile markets, and this is especially true of computer hardware and software manufacturers. The Association can not restrict the business decisions that our discount partners make in response to changing market conditions, nor can our partners restrict the business decisions of their product retailers.