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.
With your FREE membership (or you can upgrade to Premium ($45) for extra benefits) you will get:
- Perks and discounts with our membership benefits partners
- Student loan benefits and savings with SoFi
- Training and education- programming, publications, articles, and more!
- Career resources and guidance
- Access to scholarships, competitions and mentorships
- Section membership and networking
- Digital Subscriptions- monthly student e-newsletter, Bar Journal, State Bar News, New York State Law Digest and CasePrepPlus
MEMBER RESOURCE CENTER
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Join NYSBA Sections and Make Your Mark Within Your Area of Practice and the Association
Sections are groups within NYSBA that focus on specific areas of practice or work settings. Section membership allows you to stay informed of developments in your interested areas of law, be part of a substantive group that addresses timely issues, and helps you make lifelong professional connections that will help you along your career path. Make an impact within your area of practice and join NYSBA Sections!
Elder Law & Special Needs
Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
Environmental & Energy Law
Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law
Intellectual Property Law
Labor & Employment Law
Local and State Government Law
Real Property Law
Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Women in Law
With your NYSBA membership, you gain free access to our extensive library of programs, webinars, and our downloadable on-demand collection. In addition to programs put on by NYSBA Sections and Committees, we also provide tailored programs specifically for law students to help you during your law school career and after graduation.
Hofstra National Legal Innovation Tournament
October 7, 2022 | Sponsored by NYSBA
Compete against law and computer science students to design “apps” that help change the face of dispute resolution.
Areas of Practice
Law Student Section Meet and Greets (2022)
Learn more about NYSBA’s Sections from attorney members themselves and why you should get involved with them early as a law student.
A Law Student’s Guide to A Career in the Criminal Justice System (2021)
This program focuses on the various career opportunities in the criminal justice legal system.
The New York State Bar Exam: What Applicants Should Know About The Character And Fitness Process (2022)
In this program, panelists discuss why the character and fitness exists and the duties of the profession, categories of concern, the interplay the exam has with admission processes and the panelists experiences with the process and how you can better prepare for it.
Demystifying the Uniform Bar Exam (2021)
This webinar provides an introduction to the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), including a discussion on each of the components.
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.
Career Planning and Job Search
Not Every Career Path is Straight (2022)
Panelists describe their paths, the expected and unexpected twists and turns, and pros and cons of a nonlinear career path, especially in a very linear profession.
A View from the Other Side: What is Your Hiring Manager Thinking? (2022)
Explore how hiring managers in different environments vet and consider candidates.
Virtual Interviewing: Techniques to Help You Land the Job (2022)
Learn the pros and cons of virtual interviewing that can help candidates stand out for all of the right reasons and be successful during the virtual interview process.
Ghosting and Other Interviewing Nightmares: Advice to Get Past the Scary Scenes (2021)
Hear from our experienced panelists as they discuss how to demystify interviewing, call backs and common issues in the follow-up process so you can get past the scary scenes and focus on the job search
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.
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.
Marketing and Networking
Vocal Dynamics For Lawyers: Using Your Voice For Impact And Influence (2021)
Learn how you can gain and maintain your audience’s attention for maximum impact and influence by actively changing your vocal behaviors.
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.
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.
Understanding How Student Loans Changed For 2022
Learn from SoFi how student loans have changed for 2022 and how to best prepare for the expiration of the student loan forbearance.
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.
How NYSBA Student Loan Borrowers Can Finally Catch a Break (2021)
Learn more about the student loan landscape, tips for managing debt, and SoFi benefits available to NYSBA members!
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.
Technology and Law School Resources
Social Media Between Generations: The Do’s and Don’ts (2022)
Learn how to use social media to make your practice of law more efficient and to improve your communications with your clients.
Communication In The Workplace: From Professionalism To Cybersecurity, What New Lawyers Need To Know (2022)
This program is a panel discussion on the do’s and don’ts of attorney communications in the digital age.
Zoom Etiquette: A Guide For Law Students Post-Grad (2022)
Learn better business etiquette that will help you put your best self forward in meetings, hearings, court appearances and more.
LinkedIn For Law Students (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.
How to Succeed in 1L Legal Writing Research (2021)
This one-hour Zoom presentation offers essential tips on how law students can succeed in their first-year legal writing and research class.
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.
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.
Legal Wellness for Law Students: A Prevention and Early Intervention Approach (2022)
Explore the six pillars of wellness and how each pillar can support your experience in law school as well as throughout your legal career.
Breathe Into It: How Intentional Breathing Can Help You Manage Stress (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.
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.
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.
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
- Corporate Counsel Section- Jana Springer Behe Scholarship
- Elder Law and Special Needs – Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Scholarship
- Intellectual Property Law Section – Diversity Committee 2022 Miriam Maccoby Netter Scholarship
- The Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship
- Antitrust Law Section – Diversity Fellowship
- Business Law Section – Fellowship Program
- Hon. Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship
- Hon. Judith S. Kaye Children and the Law Committee Scholarship
- The New York Bar Foundation Fellowships
Areas of Practice
Career Planning and Job Search
Life Insurance for the Young Single Adult
If you’re young, single, and think you don’t need life insurance, you may want to reconsider, especially if you’re paying off student loans.
Life Insurance for Young Professionals
Today’s young professionals change jobs more often than their parents did. And yet having a job is only the first step toward achieving stability. Life insurance has a role to play in your financial life.
Marketing and Networking
5 Reasons to Join a Bar Association
Joining a bar association—an organization for legal professionals—at the student level has numerous benefits. This article by Albany Law School gives you insight from representatives from several bar associations about some of the reasons for getting involved as a law student.
Technology and Law School Resources
What Makes Lawyers Happy
Libby Coreno, Esq., discusses how the extrinsic value system taught in law school, and extended into the legal profession, has an inverse relationship with the level of lawyer happiness.
Key Titles for Law Students
NYSBA New York Rules Of Professional Conduct
The must-have title for any law student or attorney in New York.
Bundle: The Legal Writer Books I & II
Purchase both of these titles by the Honorable Gerald Lebovits at a 30% discount.
Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide (eBook)
Whether you are a litigator, transactional attorney or in-house attorney, Virtual Lawyering: A Practical Guide will provide you with practical advice as you navigate through the virtual legal world and confront new issues.
The Legal Writer: Writing It Right
Practical, real-world legal writing suggestions that apply to all aspects of an attorney’s practice.
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
Understand the legal and ethical issues encountered when attorneys handle client funds.
Foundation Evidence, Questions and Courtroom Protocols
Learn how to prepare the appropriate foundation testimony for the introduction of evidence and examination of witnesses.
A Guide To Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century Workplace, Second Edition
This book is a guide for attorneys, judges, and businesspeople regarding the major issues of diversity and inclusion in the 21st Century.
The Courts Of New York: A Guide To Court Procedures, Second Edition
Providing an explanation and breakdown of the New York state and federal court system, The Courts of New York is a useful educational tool for the press and the public.
Attorney Professionalism Forum
The Forum answers thought-provoking questions by blending analysis of applicable law and the Rules of Professional Conduct with practical guidance on how to best act as a professional.
Browse our online store of downloadable forms to help you during and after your law school career.
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.
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.
Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship Program
Since its inception in 2006, more than 100 interns have participated in the Program. The students complete a 10-week internship with an assigned host company and are paid a minimum of $7,000. Host companies have included, among many others in the private and public sectors, Ayco, Con Edison, Pepsi Co., Salesforce, TakeRoot Justice, Unilever, and Urban Justice and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
Corporate Counsel Section Internship Opportunities
The NYSBA Corporate Counsel Section has an ongoing list of internships opportunities for law students to take advantage of.
Real Property Law Section: Student Internship Program
Second and third year law students interested in transactional real estate (including environmental and sustainability issues) and real estate litigation can have the opportunity to do a semester of work experience in a law firm or corporate law department.
NYSBA Law Student Connection
Join the NYSBA Law Student Connection group on LinkedIn and be a part of a community where you can connect with other law students and receive up-to-date information, content, and resources tailored to you while you’re in your law school career.
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.
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!
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.
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, including law students. Services include the LAP hotline, programming, articles and resources, peer support, volunteer opportunities, well-being, and much more.
Lawyer Assistance Program Hotline
The LAP Hotline is a free confidential service provided to members who are seeking assistance with challenges such as depression, anxiety, burnout, alcohol or drug related concerns, and other mental health issues. All communications with the LAP Hotline staff are strictly confidential.
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.
Travel and Rental Car Discounts
As part of your NYSBA membership you receive discounts on travel and rental cars through Avis and Hertz.
Sports and Entertainment Offers
NYSBA members receive discounted offers and tickets to the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, Radio City Music Hall, NYC Zoos and Aquariums, the New York Yankees, and more!
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.
The New York State Board of Law Examiners does both. You can contact them at 518.453.5990 orwww.nybarexam.org
No. The NYSBA is not the official New York Bar and is not responsible for attorney licenses or registration. Please contact the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA), the official licensing/registration unit: 212.428.2800, or visit NYCourts.gov
NYSBA membership dues are voluntary and are paid annually. Licensing fees with the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) are mandatory and are paid biennially by all attorneys engaged in the active practice of law. For information regarding NYSBA membership dues, call 800.582.2452. For information regarding OCA licensing fees, call 212.428.2800, or visit NYCourts.gov
No. You can however search for an attorney at the NYS Office of Court Administration’s (OCA) Web site: NYCourts.gov
No. Upon admission to the bar, the Appellate Division does not furnish an ID card, nor does New York have bar numbers. However, Secure Pass ID card applications can be picked up at any New York state courthouse and are available to any attorney in order to gain access into New York courthouses.
Anyone who is studying for their J.D. or the LL.M., is in good standing, and is enrolled in an ABA accredited law school can be a law student member and may join as a free Basic Law Student or a $45 Premium Law Student. For a complete list of ABA accredited law schools please visit the ABA website.