With a NYSBA membership, the opportunities are endless!

Join a network with over 65,000 members in New York State, the nation, and the world! Law students receive free membership to the New York State Bar Association, allowing you access to award-winning professional development, resources and discount benefits. In addition, you’ll receive tools and networking opportunities that will help you succeed during your law school career.

For more than 140 years, the New York State Bar Association has been the voice of the legal profession in New York State, advocating for state and federal legislation while working tirelessly to promote equal access to justice for all. Your NYSBA membership shows you are committed to legal industry growth and excellence. Forge ahead on this noble career path and get involved with your legal community and the New York State Bar Association.

Career Center

Career Center and Job Alerts

NYSBA Career Center is the leading online hub for legal professionals, serving more than 65,000 members. It’s where legal professionals go to find the right legal jobs and where employers go to find highly-qualified legal talent.

LAW STUDENT: Basic

Annual Rate: Complimentary

  • Access to all NYSBA partner benefits
  • Student loan benefits and savings with SoFi
  • Monthly subscription to the NYSBA student e-newsletter
  • Complimentary digital subscriptions to: Bar Journal, State Bar News, New York State Law Digest and CasePrepPlus

LAW STUDENT: Premium

Annual Rate: $45.00

  • Complimentary membership to Young Lawyers Section ($20 savings)
  • $200 discount off the seasonal sale price of a Kaplan Bar Review course
  • 20% off membership to CaseBrief’s StudyBuddy Pro platform
  • Student loan benefits and savings with SoFi
  • 1-year resume posting via Career Center
  • Access to all NYSBA partner benefits
  • Complimentary e-book copy of the NYSBA publication The Courts of New York: A Guide to Court Procedures ($25 value)
  • Monthly subscription to the NYSBA student e-newsletter
  • Complimentary digital subscriptions to: Bar Journal, State Bar News, New York State Law Digest and CasePrepPlus

LAW STUDENT: Section Dues

  • 50+ Lawyers: $20.00
  • Antitrust Law: FREE
  • Business Law: $5.00
  • Commercial & Federal Litigation: $20.00
  • Corporate Counsel: FREE
  • Criminal Justice: FREE
  • Dispute Resolution: $10.00
  • Elder Law & Special Needs: $15.00
  • Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law: FREE
  • Environmental & Energy Law: FREE
  • Family Law: $17.50
  • Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law: $12.50
  • General Practice: $5.00
  • Health Law: $5.00
  • Intellectual Property Law: FREE
  • International: FREE
  • Labor & Employment Law: $5.00
  • LGBTQ Law: FREE
  • Local and State Government Law: $15.00
  • Real Property Law: FREE
  • Tax: $12.50
  • Torts, Insurance, & Compensation Law: $5.00
  • Trial Lawyers: FREE
  • Trusts & Estates Law: $5.00
  • Women in Law: $10.00
  • Young Lawyers: $20.00

MEMBER RESOURCE CENTER

If you have questions please contact us at 800.582.2452 | [email protected]

Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming & Past Events

Upcoming Programs


Admission to Practice: Comparing Scotland to New York | October 12th, 2021
This program will cover what steps must be taken to become qualified as a Solicitor or Advocate in Scotland and to become admitted to practice in New York.

Demystifying the Uniform Bar Exam | October 21st, 2021
This webinar provides an introduction to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), including a discussion on each of the components.

Vocal Dynamics For Lawyers: Using Your Voice For Impact and Influence | October 25th, 2021

Microsoft Word: The Features & Tools A Lawyer Should Know & Use | October 26th, 2021
FREE for Law Student Members! Learn tips and tricks for utilizing features available in Microsoft Word.

How to Succeed in 1L Legal Writing and Research | November 2nd, 2021
This one-hour Zoom presentation offers essential tips on how law students can succeed in their first-year legal writing and research class.

Breathe Into It: How Intentional Breathing Can Help You Manage Stress | November 8th, 2021
Find out how these and other attributes make the study and practice of intentional breathing beneficial for stress management and a better quality of life.

Adobe Acrobat: The Features & Tools A Lawyer Should Know & Use | November 9th, 2021
FREE for Law Student Members! Learn tips and tricks for utilizing features available in Adobe Acrobat.

Microsoft Excel: The Features & Tools A Lawyer Should Know & User | November 16th, 2021
FREE for Law Student Members! Learn tips and tricks for utilizing features available in Microsoft Excel.

LinkedIn For Law Students | November 17th, 2021
Law students who get a head start on creating a standout LinkedIn Profile, using LinkedIn to help make and foster connections, and participate strategically on the platform can get a leg up on their professional career.

 

On-Demand Programs

Practicing Self-Care and Mindfulness for Your Wellbeing (2021)
Regularly practicing good self-care strategies is the basis for maintaining good mental and physical health in law school and throughout your career.


Maximizing Your Final Weeks of Bar Prep (2021)
Kaplan Bar’s Executive Director of Academics will provide well-grounded study and test-taking approaches that will help build your confidence and lead you to success on the bar exam.


PDF: The Most Versatile Legal Tech Tool You’re Not Using Enough (2021)
Learn how the right PDF software provides new ways to collaborate and edit documents, make redactions, organize case files, and even replicate the paper experience for tech-phobic attorneys.


Identifying And Leveraging Your Authentic Brand (2021)
During this program, we will discuss how to identify and leverage your unique brand, how to use your brand to move your career forward in meaningful ways, and how modify your brand, as necessary, along the way.


Creating And Navigating A Rockstar LinkedIn Presence (2021)
Learn how to build a strong profile, engage in meaningful ways with your LinkedIn community, increase your positive exposure to colleagues, clients, and recruiters, and maximize various opportunities that LinkedIn offers to build relationships.


Critical Career Skills For Lawyers Series Topic Three: Communicating (2021)
This program you will learn why and how to communicate, present, and network with impact during virtual events.


Critical Career Skills For Lawyers Series Topic Two: Developing Your Network (2020)
In this program you will learn best practices to build your confidence, skills and relationships while navigating networking events and conversations in person and virtually.


Critical Career Skills For Lawyers Series: Building Your Brand (2020)
This program covers critical skills, practical tips and exercises to help you expand your network while building and promoting your personal brand.


Managing Your Debt In Public Interest: How To Repay Your Loans (2021)
This program is designed to help you make more informed decisions about paying your student loans, and will outline how to afford your public interest career by taking advantage of programs like income-driven repayment plans, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, and Loan Repayment Assistance Programs.


Alternative Careers in Business for Lawyers (2020)
Lawyers can play many roles in a business outside of acting as a legal advisor. They can be a compliance officer, regulatory affairs, operations, audit, be a writer or a speaker, a lobbyist, a financial advisor and many other roles.


Strategies For Successful Virtual Interviewing (2020)
In this program, Carroll Welch will offer actionable tips for handling the challenging logistical and substantive issues presented by today’s job interviews.


Taking Care of Your Mental Health While in Law School: Fall Series (2020)
Featuring Albany Law School’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs Rosemary Queenan; Professor Joseph Connors, Albany Law School; Dr. John Conners, Psychiatrist, College Mental Health Care; Sarah Dixon-Morgan, Colby Fellow with Albany Law School’s Wellness Initiative.


COVID-19 And The Student Loan Landscape (2020)
During this webinar, SoFi discusses the existing relief options for student loan borrowers as well as other repayment options to consider.

Law Students Competitions and Scholarships

Scholarships, Fellowships, Writing Competitions and Mentorships

Are you looking to start your legal career? The New York State Bar Association has the resources to help you succeed.

From writing competitions and scholarship funding to fellowships and internships with Fortune 500 companies, esteemed organizations and government institutions, NYSBA offers a wide variety of opportunities to help law students build their resume while also developing critical legal skills. Additionally, NYSBA’s sections offer various mentorship opportunities giving you the chance to gain real-world advice and guidance, while ensuring you receive the mentoring you need to maximize your potential. Take advantage of these opportunities that can help guide you on your way to become one of New York’s leading attorneys.

Scholarships for Nomination

Fellowships and Internships

Writing Competitions:

Mentorships:

New York State Bar: Pro Bono Requirements

Find Out More About Pro Bono Requirements for New York State Bar Admission

If you were enrolled at an ABA-approved law school and you are seeking admission to practice in New York on examination, you will need to complete 50 hours of qualifying pro bono work before you apply for admission to the New York bar. Only eligible pro bono work performed on or after May 1, 2012 will satisfy the Rule. The Requirement need not be fulfilled before a law student applies to take the New York bar examination; rather, the 50 hours must be completed before filing an application for admission.

Explore Resources

New York State Bar Pro Bono Requirement (NYU Public Interest Law Center)

Bar Admission Requirements – Pro Bono (NY Courts)

Bar Admission & Pro Bono – FAQs (NY Courts)

Kaplan Bar Review

Kaplan Bar Review

NYSBA student members may receive a $200 discount off the seasonal sale price of Kaplan’s New York State Bar Review Course at time of purchase. This discount may not be combined with other promotional discounts or offers beyond the public seasonal sale price.

 

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SoFi Student Loans

SoFi refinances your student loans into one low-rate payment – both federal AND private qualified student loans are eligible. Competitively low variable or fixed rate options with a $300 welcome bonus!

 

StudyBuddy Pro

StudyBuddy Pro

NYSBA student members may receive a 20% discount off their lifetime StudyBuddy Pro membership by using the unique NYSBA / StudyBuddy Pro coupon at the time of checkout. StudyBuddy Pro is the leading platform for law school success. This discount may not be combined with any other discount offers provided for StudyBuddy Pro.

 

LAP Program

Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)

The New York State Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Program provides several important services to the legal community across New York State. NYSBA’s LAP provides:

  • voluntary monitoring services for attorneys facing grievance procedures and for those that are court ordered.
  • a helpline: 800.255.0569. The helpline provides general assistance for callers and referrals for therapists, treatment, support groups, and peer support.
  • CLE and educational speakers, materials, and resources that can be incorporated into existing programming or as presented as stand alone programming.
  • peer support from experienced volunteers.
  • articles, information and content for NYSBA publications and other media outlets.
  • and many other benefits…

 

Student Loan Resources

Student Loan Debt Relief Resources

Providing greater student loan relief for attorneys and non-attorneys is a legislative and policy goal of the New York State Bar Association. The resources and articles linked here provide useful information on current student loan debt relief programs. This resource page was prepared by the President’s Committee on Access to Justice Public Interest Loan Repayment Subcommittee.

Articles of Interest

Outline for Survival – A FIRST-YEAR LAW STUDENT TIP SHEET
A cheat sheet full of tips and advice for your first year of law school from people whose memories of their 1L year are still raw and fresh.

Get Noticed: How NYSBA Student Scholarships, Fellowships, Writing Competitions and Mentorships Can Help You Succeed
Are you looking to start your legal career? The New York State Bar Association has the resources to help you succeed.

 

Key Titles for Law Students

Rules of Professional Conduct

NYSBA New York Rules Of Professional Conduct

The must-have title for any law student or attorney in New York.

 

Legal Writer

The Legal Writer: Writing It Right

Practical, real-world legal writing suggestions that apply to all aspects of an attorney’s practice.

 

Legal Writer Drafting New York Civil Litigation

 

The Legal Writer: Drafting New York Civil-Litigation Documents

A master class in drafting civil-litigation documents that gives New York attorneys the tools they need to make their best case to the court.

 

Attorney Escrow Accounts

 

Attorney Escrow Accounts

Understand the legal and ethical issues encountered when attorneys handle client funds.

 

Foundation Evidence Questions and Courtroom Protocols

 

Foundation Evidence, Questions and Courtroom Protocols

Learn how to prepare the appropriate foundation testimony for the introduction of evidence and examination of witnesses.

 

Practical Skills Series

 

New York Lawyers’ Practical Skills Series

Purchase the full set or individual titles of this guide to New York law. This award-winning series provides an essential overview of a wide range of practice areas and includes forms and practice tips.

 

Free Legal Research With Fastcase

For attorneys who can’t afford big data pricing, Fastcase legal research is available to New York State Bar Association members. Get free and unlimited access to Fastcase’s New York library, including New York and Second Circuit cases and New York statutes and regulations. Upgraded content subscriptions are also available. For more information, click here.

Networking Opportunities & Meet and Greets

Grow your professional network by attending fun networking events with students, young attorneys and experienced law professionals.

  • Connect with mentors
  • Learn about internships and career opportunities
  • Learn about NYSBA Section membership
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