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Membership

I'm not a U.S. licensed lawyer, but would like to be a part of the ABA. What can I do?
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If you are currently a law student at an ABA-Accredited law school, you can become a law student member. Otherwise, you can be an Associate of the ABA. Both of these enrollment forms can be found at http://www.abanet.org/join/.

What is my User Name and Password for myABA and the Member-only pages?

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Your User Name is your eight-digit ABA ID number and your default password is your last name.

What is my ABA ID number?

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Your ABA ID number can be found on your membership card, mailed annually. If we have your e-mail address on file, you can also retrieve it at the time of login at myABA.

Alternatively, you can contact our Service Center at service@abanet.org or 1.800.285.2221.

How do I change my password?

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You can change your password, or any other demographic information, once you have logged in at myABA.

I'm moving. How soon do I need to inform the ABA of my new address?

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Ideally, the ABA should be informed 4-6 weeks before your move. This is to ensure that your publications will be sent to the correct address without interruption and delays. To update your address, please go to the Change of Address.

I'm an ABA member and am interested in a specific area of practice. Do you have a place for me?

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Absolutely. Our Sections, Divisions, and Forums are specialty groups that offer timely and in-depth analysis of legal issues and trends, as well as networking opportunities and specialized CLE. Click Here to sign up today.

How do I learn more about my membership benefits?

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By going to our Member Services page, you can learn about Member Advantage discounts, CLE offerings, practice assistance, and more.

I am a member of the ABA, but I am not listed on the Lawyer Locator. What should I do?

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Please note that all information contained in the directory listings is gathered from the Martindale-Hubbell database. To add a listing, contact the Editorial Department at 1.800.526.4902 ext. 8016. Any discrepancies and/or missing information should be reported to Martindale-Hubbell by printing out a copy of your current listing and faxing your revisions to the Editorial Department at 1.908.464.3553.

What percentage of my ABA dues supports lobbying activities?

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The ABA estimates that 2 and 1/2% of your total membership dues is allocable to lobbying activities of the Association, and therefore not deductible for income tax purposes as ordinary and necessary business expenses. (Note: Additional tax information is printed on the back of your membership dues invoice.)

Continuing Legal Education

How can I get information on CLE courses that I'm interested in?

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You can call the Service Center at 1.800.285.2221 and speak with one of our CLE representatives. You can also visit our Center for CLE's website at http://www.abanet.org/cle/home.html for details.

For more specific questions on CLE, click here.

Books and Periodicals

How do I know if a book is available?

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By shopping through our Web Store, products that are available are listed in the online bookstore. To confirm that the book is not on backorder or to order a book by phone, you can call the Service Center at 1.800.285.2221 to speak with a representative.

I just ordered a book. How long will it take for me to receive my order?

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Our publications are shipped via UPS Ground and will take 7-10 days from the time the order is placed. (Please allow extra time if you ordered your publication via postal mail.)

Additional delivery options are available for a charge. Please select the appropriate option when purchasing your book online, or call to speak to a customer service representative at 1.800.285.2221.

For information on shipping costs, please click here.

What can I expect if I am ordering an item and live outside the U.S.?

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Shipping outside of the U.S. is usually done in one of two ways. First, if you request that the order be sent through the U.S. Postal Service, it will take 4-6 weeks, depending on where you live. It should be noted that there is no way to track an order if it is shipped this way. Second, if you have the order sent express mail, it will arrive in 7-10 business days and will be a minimum of US $30 shipping and handling.

When does my Subscription begin?

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Subscriptions to our periodicals begin with the first available journal or magazine once payment is received.

What do I do if I'm not receiving a periodical?

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If you have recently notified us of a change of address, please allow 4-6 weeks for the change to take effect. In addition, certain periodicals are quarterly, instead of monthly. If you have any questions or to check on the status of a subscription, please call the Service Center at 1.800.285.2221 or e-mail us at service@abanet.org.

I am not a member but am interested in subscribing to one of your periodicals. Where can I find information?

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For information on our magazines, journals, or newsletters, please click here.

To receive multiple periodicals, you may be interested in our package plan. For more information, click here.

Students and Law Schools

I'm a student member. Can I get a discount on my bar review course?

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As an ABA Law Student, you can enjoy substantial savings on the PMBR 3-day and 6-day study courses. You also have access to scholarship opportunities through BAR/BRI. For information on these and other discounts available to you as a law student member, click here.

Does the ABA have any scholarships for law students?

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The ABA has established a Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund. This fund encourages racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and provide financial assistance to ensure that these students have the opportunity to attend law school for three years. For information regarding this scholarship, please visit http://www.abanet.org/leadership/legal.html.

For non-ABA scholarships, loans, and grants, please refer to our website at http://www.abanet.org/minorities/links/students.html.

Where can I find a list of ABA-Approved law schools?

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ABA Accredited schools are U.S. schools. A complete list of all ABA-approved law schools can be found at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/approvedlawschools/approved.html. In addition, the Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law School is available for purchase. This comprehensive book is the only official guide to all ABA-approved law schools in the United States, and it's the only one that contains up-to-date admission criteria and other essential admission information provided by the schools themselves.

The process for accrediting law schools can be found at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/accreditation/acinfo.html.

Answers to additional questions regarding accreditation can be found at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/resources/faq.html.

How do I file a complaint against my school?

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Our complaint process is a limited and directed one that stems from the fact that we are the accrediting agency for law schools. We do not investigate, mediate, or intervene on behalf of any person (student, faculty, etc.). We do not provide relief for an individual. Our process is directed at whether or not a school is operating within the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools. If a complaint raises issues of that sort, we may follow-up, and if the complaint proves to be valid, we direct the school to come into compliance with the Standards.

More information is available about the Standards (http://www.abanet.org/legaled/standards/standards.html) and the Complaint (http://www.abanet.org/legaled/accreditation/complaintprocedures.html) process.

You file a formal complaint with the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at:

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Attn: Dan Freehling, Deputy Consultant
321 N. Clark
Chicago, IL 60654

I'm a high school student interested in a career in law. Do you have any information for me?

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Yes. The ABA Career Resource Center has devised an online Pre-Law Toolkit, a free resource for you, your school counselors, teachers, and parents. Please access it at http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel/prelaw.html. It includes links to relevant pre-law sites, articles and publications (categorized by grade level), interview questions you can use to ask a local attorney about his/her legal career, a pre-law Q&A area, and lawyer profiles.

What publications are available to prepare for the MPRE?

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The MPRE is based primarily on two publications and both are available through the ABA Web Store:

ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct

State Bar Requirements

What are the bar requirements for my state?

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To begin, the ABA is a national, voluntary professional organization. We have no role in administering bar exams or licensing attorneys in the U.S.

Because each state administers its own exam, you will need to contact the state bar administrator of your choice to determine specific requirements or restrictions for that state. For general bar admission guidelines, you may wish to purchase the ABA publication Comprehensive Guide To Bar Admission Requirements, which details bar requirements for each of the 50 states and is available for $12.50. You can view this publication in its entirety as well as find links to the National Conference of Bar Examiners and individual Bar Examiners' offices at our Web site at http://www.abanet.org/legaled/baradmissions/bar.html.

Where can I find a Directory of State and Local Bar Associations?

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For a complete listing of State & Local Bar Associations, please visit http://www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html

Paralegal Information

I am interested in becoming a paralegal. Do you have career information for those considering this career, as well as a listing of ABA approved programs?

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Please visit the Standing Committee on Paralegals website, http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/paralegals, where you will find general information on the paralegal career, including a state by state list of approved programs and an overview on the different types of educational programs offered. For more information about a particular school, including information on distance education options, please contact that school directly.

Looking for Lawyer Information

I'm looking for an attorney for legal advice. Can you refer one to me?

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The ABA is a national, voluntary professional association. The ABA does not provide a lawyer referral service. However, we can provide resources in your area for assistance, including hiring a lawyer, paying a lawyer, finding free help, and more. Please visit our website at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm.

How do I file a complaint against my attorney?

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The ABA is a national, voluntary professional association. Lawyers are not required to join the Association as a condition to practice law. Our only role in lawyer discipline is to provide general recommendations and guidelines to state disciplinary authorities and courts for improvements in the disciplinary process.

The ABA has no jurisdiction and no authority over state bar associations. Ultimate authority over lawyer discipline in each state lies with the supreme court of that state. The Association does not address specific complaints because it has no power to investigate or intervene in matters involving individual lawyers.

Please consult the following list for the appropriate agency at http://www.abanet.org/cpr/disciplinary.html.

How do I find out if my attorney has ever been disciplined?

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For a fee, ABA's National Lawyer Regulatory Data Bank can be searched to see if any disciplinary action has been taken against a particular lawyer. To request such a search, please call 312.988.5299. However, if you know in which jurisdiction the lawyer is practicing, you can simply call the appropriate office listed at the following page: http://www.abanet.org/cpr/regulation/scpd/disciplinary.html.

I'm looking for John Doe of Atlanta, Georgia. Where can I find his address and phone number?

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While the ABA does not provide this information, you can visit Martindale-Hubbell's Lawyer Locater at http://www.abanet.org/lawyerlocator/searchlawyer.html, which will allow you to limit your search to ABA members.

ABA Information

Do you have job and internship postings on your website?

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Jobs and internship opportunities with the American Bar Association can be found at http://www.abanet.org/hr/home.html.

In addition, some ABA Entities provide members with job postings beyond the ABA (ex., Health Law), via a webpage within their domain and/or as part of a list serve (ex., Dispute Resolution). You may need to be a member of a particular entity to have access to the information. A listing of these sites is available at: www.abanet.org/careercounsel/archive.html#feaent.

Can you please provide me with a brief history or profile of the ABA?

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Information on the ABA, including history, governance, and policies can be found at http://www.abanet.org/about/home.html.

What is ABA Law Day?

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Law Day, held May 1 each year, has been a vital part of American life for generations. Under the leadership of the American Bar Association, Law Day has celebrated our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law since it was first proclaimed by President Eisenhower almost a half century ago.

More information on Law Day can be found at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday/home.html.

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