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Law Student Membership Information

As a law student in Virginia, you are entitled to dues-free membership in The Virginia Bar Association. Please take a few minutes to complete and submit the application form, which is necessary to activate your free membership.

The mission of our Association remains as timely today as it was in 1888, when the Association was founded. Our goals to promote the highest professional standards, work to improve the law and the administration of justice, and advance collegial relations among lawyers has contributed to our rich heritage. Moreover, as a voluntary association, we are free to sponsor or endorse legislation and to initiate public service projects free from the legal constraints applicable to a mandatory bar.

For many years, our Young Lawyers Division has been annually recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the most outstanding young lawyer organizations in the United States, with a wide range of activities in service to the public and the legal profession.

The VBA/YLD Law School Councils are a great way to start get involved with Association work (and fun) while you're a law student! And they are a way to begin to network with licensed lawyers. 

Many VBA/YLD members gain valuable leadership experience through serving on committees and working on projects. A number of former YLD chairs have gone on to serve the VBA as presidents, board members and section/committee chairs. All VBA members belong to the Association's Law Practice Management Division, and qualify for member benefits with various vendors. For instance, VBA members can buy any books published by the American Bar Association at a 15 percent discount.

Our 19 substantive law sections are designed to promote law reform. They also keep our more than 5,500 members current in their areas of special concentration through continuing legal education seminars at section-organized conferences and at the VBA annual winter and summer meetings. These meetings provide an excellent way to develop and maintain a statewide network of friends and acquaintances who can add much to your overall professional satisfaction.

2011 Fall Career panel at William & Mary Law School (Photo courtesy Polina Zvyagina-Taber)The VBA maintains an active calendar of meetings and special events throughout the year. Shop in our VBA Online CLE store and watch videos or listen to podcasts of VBA presentations.

Please explore our website. Among many other features, we have news for our members, links to other sites of interest, an online version of the VBA Journal, answers to frequently asked questions, and the text of the VBA Principles of Professionalism and our mission statement.

You'll also want to read our New Lawyers' Survival Guide, available in a PDF version — great tried-and-true advice from our young lawyers!

We welcome you as you prepare to enter the legal profession and hope that you will become an active participant in the work of our Association. If you have any questions, please call the Association's office at (804) 644-0041, or email us at We look forward to having you join us!


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