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About the National Bar Association

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

Become a Member


The objectives of the National Bar Association "…shall be to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States."

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Who Can Join

Membership to the National Bar is open to law students, lawyers, judges, educators, paralegals, and anyone currently contributing to the legal profession.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to our national network of local Regions, Affiliate Chapters, Sections and Divisions
  • Access to our discount program where they save up to 60% on car rentals, theme parks, hotels, museums and more!
  • Access to CLEs and exclusive Webinars
  • Access to Career Center and local and national networking events
  • Access to NBA e-newsletter and the National Bar Magazine
  • Opportunities to join committees and task force initiatives to advance our legacy of service and promise of justice on a national and international platform

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