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. 

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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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Advance your career, practice, and network with the National Bar Association!


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


+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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