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Young lawyers and aspiring lawyers can get involved in The Virginia Bar Association

Practice-ready today means more than a license and a diploma. Jump-start your law career with the VBA.

The Virginia Bar Association puts a premium on giving back and on advancing the legal profession. This is where you fit in.

Law students qualify for free membership in the VBA while enrolled in an accredited law school in Virginia.

Newly licensed lawyers can enjoy the benefits of VBA membership dues-free during their first year upon admission to the bar of Virginia.

What’s the catch? You must apply!

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New Admittees to the Virginia State Bar and Law Students (Dues $0)

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**We will not approve new admittee applications until the VBBE releases the official pass list**

While applying online is easy, law students and new licensees alternatively can download a fillable PDF form and submit the completed form by email, fax or mail. All means of contact are included on the forms.

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What the VBA is all about

A voluntary membership organization with a rich heritage of advocating for the public, promoting the highest ideals of professionalism and encouraging collegiality among lawyers and legal professionals. More info.

Benefits of membership

Discounts on books. Search for a job. Mingle with like-minded professionals. And much more.

See and be seen

An active 19 sections help connect lawyers with their peers and promote the sharing of practice-area information and expertise. Our Law Practice Management Division works to aid members in building and managing successful, effective law practices. All members are part of the Law Practice Management Division.

Insider’s tip: Get involved in the YLD

YLD stands for Young Lawyers Division, an energetic group of 1,000 to which every young practitioner in the VBA is automatically enrolled. Students find the YLD-led Law School Councils a fun way to get active in VBA work and begin networking with licensed lawyers. New lawyers can choose from among a dozen or more ongoing or special YLD activities that focus on helping others and on providing service to the bar.

We welcome you to the legal profession and encourage your active participation in the VBA. History proves that involvement in the VBA accelerates lawyer success. If you have any questions, please call our office at 804-644-0041 or email

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