Learn what bar associations offer the public and how to find the one nearest you
Written by: Enjuris Editors
A list of state and local bar associations.
A “bar association” is a professional association of attorneys. While every state in the country has a bar association, they vary widely in terms of structure and function.
The majority of state bar associations regulate the admission of attorneys to practice law in the state as well as oversee disciplinary actions that may need to be taken against the attorney. In a few states, regulatory agencies within the judicial branch of the state government handle these tasks.
Regardless of the specific function of your state bar association, the bar association’s website is a good place to find out whether an attorney is licensed to practice law.
Should you check to make sure the attorney you’re considering hiring is licensed in your state?
The answer is a resounding YES.
It’s illegal for a lawyer to practice law in a state where they aren’t licensed (unless the lawyer has been admitted to practice in the state on a limited basis through an admission process called pro hac vice).
Enjuris tip: State bar association websites often have other information you may find helpful, including legal news and services to help clients resolve disputes with their lawyers.
The following is a list of the state bar associations (in alphabetical order), along with local bar associations within each state. Skip to your state and visit the linked websites to get a feel for the types of services your state and local bar association offers.