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Career 411: I Can Join Bar Associations in Law School?

Once you graduate from law school, you will likely join a few bar associations, including the Missouri Bar Association (MOBAR), a local Bar Association (like KCMBA or BAMSL) and the American Bar Association (ABA), which will provide you with many member benefits including CLE’s, socials, and discounts, that will be invaluable for the practice of law. But, did you know you can join many of these organizations as a law student for free (or a reduced price)?

If you are interested in practicing in Kansas City or St. Louis upon graduation, you should consider joining the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA), Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA), the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) and the Mound City Bar Association, each of which allows law students from an ABA accredited law school to join, free of charge. Further, the St. Louis County Bar Association allows 3L’s to join for free as well as newly admitted lawyers who have practiced less than one year. The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association also allows for law student membership at a reduced annual fee of $20.00 per year, which is a large reduction in price from a full membership.

Many of these bar associations provide free CLE’s to its members as well as the opportunity to serve and be part of various committees, including the young lawyer section, which promotes and provides programming for new lawyers. These programs, socials, happy hours, committee meetings and CLE’s, provide you with multiple opportunities to meet and network with practicing attorneys in the geographic area you may want to practice. Further, you may have the opportunity to join a practice area committee, including family law, criminal, estate planning, and transactional, which provides CLE’s and programs geared toward one specialty in the law.

While this opportunity is available to all law students, very few students actually take advantage of these opportunities. If you engage in these activities, you have the ability to set yourself a part. To find more information, please visit each bar association’s website or come speak to any of us in Room 103.

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Resource Review: Website Review: Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

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